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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Dyscia Hübner

Maesia, Moesia, Scodiona.

Adults. Antennae of males bipectinate; bipectinate to the apex. Face smooth. Tongue fully developed.

Wingspan 33–40 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings light to dark greyish ochreous, sprinkled dark fuscous, with a fuscous postmedian transverse bar and another near the base, and a dark discal spot; predominantly fuscous, or pale fuscous, or pale grey; with a clear discal mark. The discal mark conspicuously pale-centred and dark-ringed, or not dark-ringed. Forewings of the male without a fovea. Hindwings conspicuously patterned to plain; coloured like the forewings; with a clear discal mark; transversely lined (the first line absent, a dark postmedian one present).

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 Erica, Calluna.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (local). Living adults found in June. D. fagaria (Grey Scalloped Bar).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • Larentiinae: Dyscia fagaria (Grey Scalloped Bar: B. Ent. 33). • Dyscia fagaria: B. Ent. 33, legend+text. • Dyscia fagaria: B. Ent. 33, text cont.. • Aspitates, Dyscia, Glacies, Perconia, Siona: Newman.


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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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