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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Tyta Billberg

Dysthymia Newman.

Adults. Head loosely scaled. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate. Labial palps medium; ascending.

Wingspan 25–29 mm. Forewings blackish or dark fuscous; rosy marked or tinged, or neither purplish nor rosy marked or tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (only slightly marbled for the most part, but with a conspicuous white or rosy post-median fascia adjoining the costa, small pale spots subterminally, and pale blotching at the inner angle); reniform undefined (subsumed in a white or rosy fascia); orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings dark fuscous and yellowish, or blackish; conspicuously patterned (fuscous, with a whitish median band expanding to a whitish mark in the marginal dark band near the inner angle); transversely lined (there being a light line in the marginal band); exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings strong; arising nearer to vein 4 than to vein 6. Thorax slightly crested (posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen crested to not crested (with no more than a small basal crest).

Living adults found May, June, and August.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Convolvulus, eating unexpanded flower buds, nocturnally; pupating on the surface of the ground, or in the soil.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, and English Midlands; luctuosa (The Four-spotted).


Illustrations. • Tyta luctuosa (The Four-spotted), and other Ophiderinae: Newman. • British Ophiderinae: Swain. • Ophiderinae: Kirby.

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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.’.