Coenobia rufa

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Coenobia rufa
Small Rufous Moths of the British Isles.jpg
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C. rufa
Binomial name
Coenobia rufa
(Haworth, 1809)
Synonyms

Phytometra rufa Haworth, 1809
Nonagria despecta Treitschke, 1825
Acosmetia lineola Stephens, 1830
pallescens Tutt

The Small Rufous (Coenobia rufa) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in western and central Europe, Scandinavia and the British Isles.[1][2][3]

Description[edit]

The wingspan is 22–25 mm.[2] Forewing uniform rufous, with an obscure dark streak from base along middle of wing; a row of outer dots on veins, sometimes hardly visible; hindwing pale, greyer towards termen; in the ab. lineola Stph the forewing is reddish grey; the veins dotted pale and dark grey; the inner and outer lines shown by rows of dots; in pallescens Tutt the red tinge is wholly absent, the forewing being whitish ochreous.[4] •— Larva whitish, dorsally reddish; a dark lateral line, and minute dark dots on each segment; head and plates shining brown.

The moth flies in July and August. The larvae feed on jointed rush (Juncus articulatus) and other rushes.[5][6] Found in damp swampy places overgrown with rushes; often flying in the afternoon sunshine; the females are rarely taken, resting concealed in the lower parts of the rush clumps.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Markku Savela. "Coenobia rufa". funet.fi. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Bert Gustafsson (10 November 2009). "Coenobia rufa". Naturhistoriska riksmuseet. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  3. ^ Mike Wall. "2379 Small Rufous (Coenobia rufa)". Hants Moths. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Wikisource:The Moths of the British Isles/Chapter 15#299
  6. ^ "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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