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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Cleora Curtis

Adults. Antennae of males bipectinate; apically simple.

Wingspan 35–40 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings pale brownish, greyish or pale fuscous, with dark transverse markings and a dark basal shade within the black first line; with a clear discal mark (this whitish, on the median). The discal mark conspicuously pale-centred and dark-ringed to not dark-ringed. Forewings of the male with a fovea. Hindwings conspicuously patterned to plain; coloured like the forewings, but without the first line and basal shade; with a clear discal mark; transversely lined (the median and outer lines conspicuous to fairly obscure).

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 Betula, Erica.

British representation. 1 species (2 subspecies); South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found May and June. C. cinctaria (Ringed Carpet).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • Ennominae: Cleora cinctaria (Original generic description. Ringed Carpet: B. Ent. 88). • Cleora cinctaria: B. Ent. 88, legend+text. • Cleora cinctaria: B. Ent. 88, text cont.. • Alcis, Biston, Cleora, Cleorodes, Deileptenia, Fagivorina, Menophra, Ourapteryx, Peribatodes, Selidosema: Newman. • Ennominae: Kirby 48.


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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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