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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Lampropteryx Stephens

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; light- or light-yellowish-fuscous, or dark fuscous, with dark striae and median band; predominantly pale ochreous, or brown, or pale fuscous, or fuscous; with a clear discal mark (this black); usually with a distinct median band (this dark), or without a median band (in a dark form of L. suffumata). The outer margin of the hindwings smooth. Hindwings conspicuously patterned to plain; whitish or light to dark grey; predominantly whitish, or pale grey, or grey; not predominantly green, yellow, or black; with a clear discal mark to without a clear discal mark; transversely lined to without transverse lines (the striae rather sharp to obscure).

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 Galium.

British representation. 2 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. L. otregiata (Devon Carpet), L. suffumata (Water Carpet).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

Illustrations. • L. suffumata (Water Carpet), with Epirrhoe, Costaconvexa, Camptogramma, Entephria, Larentia, Anticlea, Mesoleuca, Pelurga, Cosmorhoe and Nebula: Newman 1869. • Lampropteryx otregiata (Devon Carpet) and L. suffumata (Water Carpet) compared. • L. suffumata, with other Larentiinae (‘Carpets’): Kirby 50.

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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.’.