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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Catarhoe Herbulot

Adults. Antennae of males simple. Face rough.

Wingspan 26–31 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved to more or less straight. Forewings not predominantly green, yellow, or black; rosy-reddish brown (C. rubidata), or very pale ochreous-whitish; predominantly whitish, or pale ochreous, or purple, purplish, red, pinkish or rosy, or brown; with a clear discal mark (this black or grey), or without a clear discal mark; without a median band. The outer margin of the hindwings smooth. Hindwings plain; whitish, or grey (C. rubidata); predominantly whitish, or grey, or pale grey; with a clear discal mark (this dark); transversely lined (with one to several, complete or incomplete, faint to clear dark striae).

Vein 10 of the forewings arising independently of 9. 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.

Posterior tibiae of males 4-spurred.

Early stages. Larvae feeding on Galium.

British representation. 2 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, and Wales. Living adults found in June. Catarhoe cuculata (Royal Mantle), C. rubidata (Ruddy Carpet, The Flame).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

Illustrations. • C. cuculata (Royal Mantle), with other Larentiinae (‘Carpets’): Kirby 50. • British Lythria, Phibalapteryx, Orthonama, Xanthorhoe and Catarhoe: 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.’.