Technical description and variation
T. atriplicis L. (43 g). Forewing greyish purple irrorated with fuscous; the basal area and the shade preceding submarginal line, especially in the lower half, and the upper stigmata bright pale green; median area below subcostal vein deep dark green; a large white, generally pinkish-tinged blotch with bifid extremity runs along vein 2 to outer line; submarginal line greenish white, angled sharply inwards on submedian fold and bluntly beyond the cell, accompanied by dark and light green clouds; hindwing fuscous grey, the outer half dark fuscous, with traces of dark cellspot and outer line; — ab. similis Stgr., recorded from Ussuri. and also Central Germany, has the green tints altered into olive, and the pale blotch yellow; ab. diffusa Spul. has all the markings faint and washed out; (this is usually the case with bred examples); the Japanese form — ab. gnoma Btlr. (43 g) is larger, deeper purple, the green shadings less developed, the white blotch larger and more conspicuous. — Larva purplish brown, sometimes with a green tinge; dorsal and subdorsal lines blackish, with faint oblique lateral stripes; spiracular lines pinkish white, darker above.The wingspan is 38–42 mm. The length of the forewings is 20–22 mm.
The moth flies from May to October depending on the location.
- Warren. W. in 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 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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