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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Aplocera Stephens


Adults. Antennae of males simple; simply-ciliate.

Wingspan 35–43 mm. The outer margin of the forewing slightly sigmoid-curved, or convexly curved. Forewings grey-whitish; without a clear discal mark; with a distinct median band (this dark-margined, with a continuous pale central band). Hindwings plain; pale fuscous; with a clear discal mark (this darker); transversely lined (with a faint postmedian line).

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 stalked.

Early stages. Larvae feeding on Hypericum.

British representation. 3 species (1 adventive); 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, or August and September (double brooded). A. efformata (The Lesser Treble-bar), A. plagiata (The Treble-bar), A. praeformata (Purple Treble-bar, adventive).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

General comments. Front tibiae with a horny apical hook.

Illustrations. • A. plagiata (Treble-bar) with Acasis, Asthena, Carsia, Chesias, Discoloxia, Euchoeca, Hydrelia, Lithostege, Lobophora, Minoa, Odezia, Pterapherapteryx, Trichopteryx: Newman 1869. • Comparing Aplocera plagiata and A. efformata (Lesser Treble-bar). • A. plagiata, with Carsia and other Larentiinae: Kirby 49.

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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.’.