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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Apeira Gistl

Cyphosea, Pericallia.

Adults. Antennae of males bipectinate; bipectinate to the apex. Face rough (with a tuft of scales).

Wingspan 38–42 mm. The outer margin of the forewing slightly angulated, or convexly curved; sometimes somewhat scalloped, or smooth. Forewings deep ochreous, suffused yellow towards the middle of the termen, with purplish or purple to black first and second lines, a ferrugineous or partly black median and the subterminal whitish-purple towards the costa; without a clear discal mark. Forewings of the male without a fovea. The outer margin of the hindwings rounded to angled; somewhat scalloped. Hindwings conspicuously patterned; deep ochreous; predominantly ochreous; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with a straight, dark median and a bent purplish-white and black-dotted outer line).

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 Ligustrum, Syringa, Lonicera, etc.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, and Wales. Living adults found in July. A. syringaria (Lilac Beauty).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • ‘Thorns’ - Angerona, Apeira, Colotois, Crocallis, Ennomos, Odontopera, Selenia: Newman. • Ennominae (‘Thorns’, etc.): Kirby 46.


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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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