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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Ecliptopera Warren

Adults. Antennae of males simple. Face rough.

The outer margin of the forewing slightly sigmoid-curved, or convexly curved. Forewings not predominantly green, yellow, or black; dark fuscous or umber, with darker striae; predominantly brown, or fuscous; with a clear discal mark (this blackish); with a distinct median band (the dark band sometimes narrowly divided across the middle). Hindwings plain; light grey; predominantly pale grey; with a clear discal mark (this darker); transversely lined (with one or two darker striae).

Vein 10 of the forewings arising independently of 9; arising independently, anastomosing with 11 and 9 to form a double areole. Hindwings exhibiting a tubular vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings arising from about the middle of the transverse vein, or arising from below the middle of the transverse vein (?). 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 stalked.

Posterior tibiae of males 4-spurred.

Early stages. Larvae feeding on Epilobium, Circaea.

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 May and June. E. silaceata (Small Phoenix).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

Illustrations. • Chloroclysta, Cidaria, Eulithis, Plemyria, Thera: 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. delta-intkey.com’.

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