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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Lithophane leautieri

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Lithophane leautieri

The Blair's Shoulder-knot (Lithophane leautieri) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found in Europe. It originated from the area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, but gradually moved north.

Technical Description and variation[edit]

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The wingspan is 39–44 mm.Forewing pale grey, dusted with olive grey; lines strongly dentate, but much obscured, marked by short oblique costal streaks; upper stigmata ill-defined, but united at their base by a long black line; the reniform with fulvous in lower half; claviform elongate, black-edged,united by a short black streak with outer line; a well-marked black streak from base on submedian fold;submarginal line indicated only by black dentate marks preceding it, of which the two on the folds are longest; fringe mottled dark and light grey; hindwing pale brownish grey, darker towards termen; ab. sabinae Geyer is rather smaller, blue-grey, more distinctly marked, especially the median shade and submarginal teeth; reniform stigma with hardly any fulvous in it; the two black lines on submedian fold hardly visible.[1]

Biology[edit]

The moth flies from September to mid November.[1]

Larva dark green, dorsal and subdorsal lines white, segmentally swollen and partially interrupted; spiracular line yellowish white.The larvae feed on various cypress species.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The flight season refers to Belgium and The Netherlands. This may vary in other parts of the range.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seitz, A. Ed., 1914 Die Großschmetterlinge der Erde, Verlag Alfred Kernen, Stuttgart Band 3: Abt. 1, Die Großschmetterlinge des palaearktischen Faunengebietes, Die palaearktischen eulenartigen Nachtfalter, 1914
  2. ^ "Robinson, G. S., P. R. Ackery, I. J. Kitching, G. W. Beccaloni & L. M. Hernández, 2010. HOSTS - A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum, London.". 
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