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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Xylocampa Guenée

Adults. Head rough. Eyes glabrous; ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 32–40 mm. Forewings grey; grey; complexly patterned; the patterning well marked (with contrasty dark grey or blackish markings); reniform defined; orbicular defined (joined with the reniform forming a doggie-bone figure); claviform defined. Hindwings grey; plain to terminally darkened; with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; faintly transversely lined; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax crested (prominently anteriorly). Posterior tibiae without spines. Abdomen crested.

Living adults found March and April.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly tapered; feeding on Lonicera; pupating on the surface of the ground, or 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 (scarcer northwards); areola (The Early Grey).


Illustrations. • Xylocampa areola (Early Grey), with Cucullia and Xylena: 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.’.