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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Gymnoscelis Mabille


Adults. Antennae of males simple; simply-ciliate. Face rough (with a short cone of scales).

Wingspan 16–22 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings pale brownish-ochreous, striated fuscous; with a clear discal mark (this dark, transversely elongate). Hindwings conspicuously patterned; coloured and marked like the forewings; with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; transversely lined.

Vein 10 of the forewings arising independently of 9; arising out of 11 and anastomosing with 9 to form a simple 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 2-spurred (in females also?).

Early stages. Larvae feeding on flowers of Ulex, Cytissus, Erica, 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 April and May, or July and August. G. rufifasciata (Double-striped Pug).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

Illustrations. • Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (Double-striped Pug).

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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.’.