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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Electrophaes Prout

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; pale whitish- or yellowish-brown, usually with a dark brown and white-edged, sometimes broken, median band; predominantly whitish, or pale ochreous, or ochreous, or light brown; with a clear discal mark (this blackish). The discal mark not dark-ringed. Forewings usually with a distinct median band (this dark, sometimes broken), or without a median band (in ab. albocrenata). The outer margin of the hindwings smooth. Hindwings plain; very pale fuscous; predominantly whitish, or pale fuscous; not predominantly green, yellow, or black; with a clear discal mark (this darker grey); transversely lined (with a faint, pale but darker-edged postmedian fascia).

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 Crataegus, Prunus.

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. corylata (Broken-barred Carpet).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

Illustrations. • Electrophaes corylata (Broken-barred Carpet): B. Ent. 603. • Electrophaes corylata: B. Ent. 603, legend+text. • Electrophaes corylata: B. Ent. 603, text cont.. • E. corylata, with Coenocalpe, Colostygia, Eustroma, Hydriomena, Horisme, Melanthia: Newman 1869. • E. corylata, with other Larentiinae (‘Carpets’, ‘Pugs’, etc.): Kirby 51.

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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.’.