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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Crocallis Treitschke

Adults. Nocturnal; relatively stout-bodied. Antennae of males bipectinate; bipectinate to the apex. Face rough (with dense, projecting scales). Tongue fully developed, or absent.

Wingspan 40–46 mm. The outer margin of the forewing slightly sigmoid-curved, or convexly curved; scalloped (less so than in Odontopera). Forewings pale ochreous or cream, with dark first and second lines enclosing a shaded-brownish median band and a blackish, sometimes pale-centred discal spot; with a clear discal mark. The discal mark conspicuously pale-centred and dark-ringed, or not dark-ringed. Forewings with a distinct median band to without a median band (the band somewhat darker, but lighter in the middle). Forewings of the male without a fovea. Hindwings plain; coloured like the forewings, or paler; with a clear discal mark. The discal mark not dark-ringed. Hindwings transversely lined (with a faint median line), or without transverse lines.

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 Corylus, Prunus spinosa, 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 (common). Living adults found July and August. C. elinguaria (Scalloped Oak).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • Ennominae (‘Thorns’, etc.): Kirby 46. • Assorted Ennominae (‘Thorns’, with larvae): Humphreys, 1860. • Crocallis elinguaria (Scalloped Oak): photo, Giles Watson.


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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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