Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Thalpophila Hübner

Cerigo Stephens, Thalophila.

Adults. Head rough. Head without a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 38–46 mm. Thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen like the hindwings. Forewings fuscous and rosy-tinted; purplish marked or tinged to rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with four light lines, and dark streaking); reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform defined. Hindwings fuscous and yellowish, or fuscous and yellow; conspicuously patterned (the dark marginal band containing light marks at the inner angle, contrasting strongly with the straw-coloured inner part); without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; rough-scaled. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found July and August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on grasses, in dry and elevated places; pupating in the soil.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; matura (Straw Underwing).


Illustrations. • T. matura (Straw Underwing), and 8 related genera: Newman.

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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae. Version: 8th June 2016.’.