Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae
Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.
Wingspan 40–48 mm. Thorax and abdomen coloured like the forewings, contrasting with the hindwings. Forewings dark fuscous or blackish, brindled dark green; greenish tinged; complexly patterned; the patterning obscure (apart from the spectacular reniform); reniform defined (large and white); orbicular defined (encircled pale, relatively inconspicuous); claviform defined to undefined. Hindwings whitish and fuscous; conspicuously patterned (via the lines and the contrasty dark margin); without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (an inner dotted one, and a white-edged black one within the dark marginal band); exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (slightly, front and back). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested (with several crests).
Living adults found March and April.
Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on Prunus spinosa.
British representation. 1 species (adventive); South Wales; oleagina* (Green Brindled Dot).
Illustrations. • Valeria oleagina (Green-brindled Dot), and related genera. • V. oleagina, with Cuculliinae, Amphipyrinae and Noctuinae: Kirby 40.
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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. delta-intkey.com’.