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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Comibaena Treitschke


Adults. Crepuscular to nocturnal (attracted to light). Antennae of males bipectinate; apically simple. Face smooth.

Wingspan 29–33 mm. Forewings 1.6–1.7 times as long as wide. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings green; without a clear discal mark. Hindwings conspicuously patterned (with a terminal series of brown or orange-ish, white-bordered crescentic marks, enlarged at apex and tornus); green; predominantly green when fresh; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with a dark terminal 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 4-spurred.

Early stages. Larvae feeding on foliage of oak, disguising themselves with attached bud scales. Pupae above the ground (in a silken cocoon incorporating leaf fragments, attached to the stem of the foodplant).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, and Northern England (scarce). Living adults found in July. C. bajularia (Blotched 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.’.