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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Aspitates Treitschke

Aspilates, Semiaspilates Wehrli.

Adults. Antennae of males bipectinate; bipectinate to the apex. Face smooth.

Wingspan 28–38 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings ochreous-yellow, or pale ochreous-yellow, with a darker ochreous or fuscous postmedian line or with this and another near the base; predominantly ochreous, or cream, or yellow; with a clear discal mark (this fuscous or grey). Forewings of the male without a fovea. Hindwings plain; yellowish-white, paler than the forewings; with a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with only a faint or faint and incomplete second 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 Lotus, Thymus, Potentilla, etc.

British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found in August. A. gilvaria (Straw Belle), A. ochrearia (Yellow Belle, = Semiaspilates).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • Aspitates, Dyscia, Glacies, Perconia, Siona: Newman. • Ennominae: Aspitates gilvaria (Straw Belle: B. Ent. 467). • Aspitates gilvaria: B. Ent. 467, legend+text. • Aspitates gilvaria: B. Ent. 467, text cont.. • Ennominae: Aspitates, Semiothisa, Perconia, Siona (Kirby). • Forewing and hindwing neuration: A. notha and other Geometridae.


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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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