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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Colotois Hübner

Himera, Metra.

Adults. Nocturnal (much attracted to light); relatively stout-bodied to slender-bodied. Antennae of males very strongly bipectinate; bipectinate to the apex. Face rough (roughly hairy). Eyes each crossed by a sub-antennal hair-tuft. Tongue absent.

Wingspan 46–50 mm. The outer margin of the forewing sigmoid-curved. Forewings the male rich reddish-ochreous, sprinkled fuscous, the female paler, both with dark first and second lines, a discal spot, and a whitish or grey subapical spot; with a clear discal mark (this dark fuscous). Forewings of the male without a fovea. Hindwings conspicuously patterned, or plain (the line being sharper in the male); coloured similarly to the forewings, but paler, especially basally; with a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with a median line only).

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 foliage of Quercus, Fagus, etc.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found October and November. C. pennaria (Feathered Thorn).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • Ennominae (‘Thorns’, etc.): Kirby 46. • Assorted Ennominae (‘Thorns’, with larvae): Humphreys, 1860.


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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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