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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Hemistola Warren

Adults. Crepuscular and nocturnal. Antennae of males bipectinate; apically simple. Face smooth.

Forewings 1.6–1.9 times as long as wide. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings not predominantly green, yellow, or black; green; without a clear discal mark. Hindwings conspicuously patterned to plain; green; predominantly green; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (no first line, the second curved, white).

Vein 10 of the forewings arising out of vein 9. Hindwings exhibiting a tubular vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings arising from well above the middle of the transverse vein. Vein 8 of the hindwings shortly anastomosed basally with the upper margin of the cell, thence rapidly diverging. Hindwing veins 6 and 7 stalked.

Posterior tibiae of males 4-spurred.

Early stages. Larvae feeding on Clematis. Pupae above the ground (between leaves drawn together by silken strands).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, and English Midlands (fairly common). Living adults found in July. H. chrysoprasaria (Small Emerald).

Subfamily. Geometrinae.

Illustrations. • Geometrinae: 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.’.