Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Geometridae

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Aethalura McDunnough

Adults. Antennae of males with short, paired processes on either side of each joint, emitting fascicles of cilia; fasciculate-ciliate.

Wingspan 30–34 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings light grey, or whitish-fuscous, sprinkled darker; with a clear discal mark (this dark fuscous). Forewings of the male with a fovea. Hindwings conspicuously patterned to plain; light grey or whitish-fuscous, sprinkled darker, cf. the forewings; with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with wavy lines, at least outer, often the middle, outer and submarginal lines expressed more or less sharply).

Hindwings lacking a tubular vein 5. 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 4-spurred.

Early stages. Larvae feeding on foliage of Betula.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found May and June. Aethalura punctulata (Grey Birch Moth).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • A. punctulata (Grey Birch), with Boarmia, Bupalus, Ectropis, Ematurga, Serraca, Tephronia: Newman. • A. punctulata, with other Ennominae: Kirby 48.


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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’.

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