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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Cepphis Hübner

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

Wingspan 27–30 mm. The outer margin of the forewing sigmoid-curved. Forewings whitish-ochreous, sprinkled fuscous, with somewhat darker lines and banding; with a clear discal mark (this fuscous). Forewings of the male without a fovea. The outer margin of the hindwings somewhat angled. Hindwings conspicuously patterned to plain; coloured and patterned like the forewings; with a clear discal mark; transversely lined (but lacking the first 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 Salix, Rubus, Vaccinium.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, and English Midlands. Living adults found in June. C. advenaria (Little Thorn).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • Cepphis, Epione, Isturgia, Opisthograptis, Pachycnemia, Petrophora, Plagodis, Pseudopanthera: Newman. • Oenochrominae and Ennominae: Kirby 47.


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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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