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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Zanclognatha Lederer

Formerly Polypogon.

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

Wingspan 29–33 mm. Thorax and abdomen concolorous with the forewings, or the abdomen more like the hindwings. Forewings light brown; patterned transversely; the patterning well marked (with three narrow, darker transverse lines: the first and second clear dark fuscous to faint, the first curved, the second sinuate-curved; the subterminal darker, straighter, reaching the costa sub-apically); reniform defined to undefined; orbicular undefined; claviform undefined. Hindwings pale fuscous; fairly conspicuously patterned; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with a bent, dark fuscous and posteriorly pale-edged subterminal line fading away towards the apex, other lines lacking or very obscure); 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 conspicuously fan-footed, via a long, expansible hair-pencil on each anterior tibia. Posterior tibiae with spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found July.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae posteriorly rounded; feeding on foliage of Rubus, Salix, Polygonum, etc.; pupating on vegetative parts of the foodplant, or on the surface of the ground.

British representation. 3 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland; Z. lunalis (Jubilee Fan-foot), Z. tarsipennalis (The Fan-foot), Z. zelleralis (Dusky Fan-foot).

Herminiinae.

Comments. This description applies in detail only to Z. tarsipennalis.

Illustrations. • Z. tarsipennalis, with other 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. delta-intkey.com’.

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