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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Hemithea Duponchel

Adults. Antennae of males dentate; simply-ciliate. Face smooth.

Wingspan 29–34 mm. Forewings 1.7–1.8 times as long as wide. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved, or sigmoid-curved. Forewings green; without a clear discal mark. The outer margin of the hindwings angled. Hindwings conspicuously patterned (via a chequered marginal line); green; predominantly green when fresh; with a clear discal mark, or without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (the first line faint or absent).

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 2-spurred (likewise the female).

Early stages. Larvae feeding on first on various low-growing plants, the after hibernation on foliage of birch, blackthorn, oak and other deciduous trees and shrubs. Pupae above the ground (in a loose silken cocoon spun amongst the foliage of the food-plant).

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 June and July. H. aestivaria (Common Emerald).

Subfamily. Geometrinae.

Illustrations. • Geometrinae (‘Emeralds’): Kirby 44 (part). • Geometrinae: Newman (1869). • Forewing and hindwing neuration: H. aestivaria and other Geometridae.

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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.’.