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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Chlorissa Stephens

Adults. Antennae of males simple (filiform); simply-ciliate. Face smooth.

Wingspan 24–27 mm. Forewings 1.6–1.8 times as long as wide. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings green; without a clear discal mark. The outer margin of the hindwings angled. Hindwings conspicuously patterned; green; predominantly green when fresh; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with a contrasty, light second line).

Vein 10 of the forewings arising out of vein 9. Hindwings exhibiting a tubular vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings arising from well above the middle of the transverse vein. Vein 8 of the hindwings shortly anastomosed basally with the upper margin of the cell, thence rapidly diverging. Hindwing veins 6 and 7 stalked.

Posterior tibiae of males 2-spurred (female not recorded).

Early stages. Larvae feeding on heather, sallow, birch, hawthorn. Pupae above the ground (within leaves of the food-plant drawn together by silken strands).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, and Northern England (local). Living adults found May and June. C. viridata (Small Grass Emerald).

Subfamily. Geometrinae.

Illustrations. • Geometrinae (‘Emeralds’): Kirby 44 (part). • Geometrinae: 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.’.