Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Geometridae
Adults. Diurnal. Antennae of males strongly bipectinate; apically simple. Face rough.
Wingspan 26–34 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings ochreous, yellow-ochreous, yellowish white or whitish, with dark transverse lines and bands; without a clear discal mark. Forewings of the male with a fovea. Hindwings conspicuously patterned; coloured and (more or less) patterned like the forewings; not predominantly green, yellow, or black; with a clear discal mark (this dark ferrugineous), or without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (conspicuously, darkly, broad-lined).
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, Lotus, Trifolium.
British representation. 1 species (2 subspecies); South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found May to July. E. atomaria (Common Heath).
Illustrations. • Aethalura, Boarmia, Bupalus, Ectropis, Ematurga, Serraca, Tephronia: Newman. • Ennominae: Kirby 48.
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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’.