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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Trisateles Tams

Aethia Hübner, Sophronia Duponchel.

Adults. Head loosely scaled. Head with a frontal tuft. Eyes glabrous (?); not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps long; ascending.

Wingspan 24–28 mm. Thorax and abdomen coloured like the wings. Forewings ochreous; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with light inner and outer transverse lines, otherwise plain apart from the reniform mark); reniform defined (as a short, light line); orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings pale ochreous (the same as the forewings); conspicuously patterned; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with a single, quite straight, contrasty light line); exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6; parallel with vein 4. Thorax not crested. The males not fan-footed. Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found June and July.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, and South-west England; emortualis (The Olive Crescent).


Illustrations. • Trisateles emortualis (Olive Crescent), with Herminiinae, Hypeninae and Rivulinae: Leech, 1886. • British Hypeninae (1: Fan-foot Moths).

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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.’.