Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Geometridae
Adults. Antennae of males simple; shortly simply-ciliate. Face smooth.
Wingspan 25–29 mm. Forewings relatively narrow-elongate to relatively broad; about 1.9 times as long as wide; predominantly green when fresh; light to dark olive green, with dark transverse lines incorporating black dots, sometimes also with whitish lines, and sometimes the median lines joined by a dark median band; with a clear discal mark (this black); with a distinct median band to without a median band (the dark band containing two light bands, thus ill-defined). Hindwings conspicuously patterned to plain; grey; predominantly grey; with a clear discal mark; transversely lined to without transverse lines (the dark outer line sometimes quite conspicuous).
Vein 10 of the forewings arising independently of 9; arising independently, anastomosing with 11 and 9 to form a double areole. Hindwings exhibiting a tubular vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings arising from about the middle of the transverse vein, or arising from below the middle of the transverse vein (?). Vein 8 of the hindwings approximated to or anastomosed with the upper margin of the cell to the middle or beyond. Hindwing veins 6 and 7 separate.
Posterior tibiae of males 2-spurred (females also?).
Early stages. Larvae feeding on foliage of Ilex, Hedera, Acer, Cornus, etc.
British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found May and June, or August. A. viretata (Yellow-barred Brindle).
Illustrations. • A.s viretata (Yellow-barred Brindle), with Aplocera, Asthena, Carsia, Chesias, Discoloxia, Euchoeca, Hydrelia, Lithostege, Lobophora, Minoa, Odezia, Pterapherapteryx, Trichopteryx: Newman 1869.
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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-Geometridae. Version: 8th June 2016. delta-intkey.com’.