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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Chloroclystis Hübner

Calliclystis; excluding Pasiphila Meyrick.

Adults. Antennae of males simple; shortly simply-ciliate. Face rough.

Wingspan 18–22 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings predominantly green when fresh; dull green, striated darker; the second fascia blackish on the dorsum, the median band anteriorly angulated and partially blackish, posteriorly twice-angulated and blacker in the upper half, the upper angle constituting a characteristic black ‘V’; with a clear discal mark (this dark, but submerged in the blackening of the median band in its vicinity). Hindwings plain; pale grey, with obscurely darker striae; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (the several darker lines faint).

Vein 10 of the forewings arising independently of 9; arising out of 11 and anastomosing with 9 to form a simple 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.

Posterior tibiae of males 4-spurred.

The abdomen conspicuously patterned (with black basal and sub-basal rings).

Early stages. Larvae feeding on flowers of Clematis, various Compositae, etc. (polyphagous).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found May, June, and July. C. v-ata (The V-pug).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

Illustrations. • C. v-ata (V-pug), with Eupithecia, Pasiphila and Anticollix: Newman. • Pasiphila debiliata, Pasiphila rectangulata, C. v-ata.


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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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