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Actenia brunnealis - moth-butterfly - Snout moth
Actenia brunnealis - moth-butterfly - Snout moth


Actenia brunnealis
Actenia brunnealis is a species of the snout moth family (Pyralidae) - subfamily Pyralinae - in the order butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera). Actenia brunnealis are common and widespread in Europe.
Adult Actenia brunnealis reach wingspans of about 20 - 40 mm. They are brownish, reddish and whitish-grey in colour. On their forewings a significant drawing is visible, which resembles a mask. The outer edges of the forewings have a dark boundary band filled with bright spots.
The upper surface of the forewings is divided into 3 sections. The upper section (chest area) on the edge (shaped like a horse shoe) is surrounded by red hair and is grey-brown in the middle. The mid section is much brighter and with an inside-oriented dark stain, which resembles an eye socket or lens. Further down, and closer to the outer edge, there is a dark, round spot.
The underside of the forewings is divided by a dark, brown, wavy line, and the colouration and markings are darker and more striking than on the upper surface. The wing veins in the lower area are clearly visible and marked with dark scales. There are long fringes on the forewings.
The head is bright reddish yellow in colour with black compound eyes. The hairs on the antennae are light in colour. The legs are bright yellow and rounder and thicker at the joints.

Actenia brunnealis
AuthorTreitschke, 1829
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Occitania (Midi-Pyrenees))), Benelux (Belgium)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain)), Central Europe (Czech Republic, Slovakia)
Asia
West Asia (Near East (Turkey))
Africa
North Africa


CountriesAustria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey
Taxonomic statusSynonymus of Stemmatophora brunnealis
Links and ReferencesActenia brunnealis in Wikipedia (English)

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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderLepidoptera
Lepidopterans, Butterflies and Moths
SuborderGlossata
InfraorderHeteroneura
SectionTineina
SubsectionTineina
SuperfamilyPyraloidea
FamilyPyralidae
Snout Moths, Pyrales moths, Grass moths, Pyralid Moths, Frass Moths, Meal Moths, Flour Moths
SubfamilyPyralinae
Pyralines
TribePyralini
GenusActenia
Speciesbrunnealis
Actenia brunnealis
AuthorTreitschke, 1829
 
Synonyms
Actenia brunnealis
Actenia brunnealis ab. nigrobrunnealis
Actenia brunnealis f. lividalis
Actenia hilaralis
Actenia phaealis
Pyralis brunnealis
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Keywords
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