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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Ligdia Gueneé

Adults. Antennae of males simple (stout); fasciculate-ciliate. Face smooth.

Wingspan 25–30 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings white or creamish, with dark transverse lines, a dark basal patch and postmedian band, and ashy grey markings towards the termen; with a clear discal mark (this grey); with a distinct median band (interpreting the median white fascia as a band). Forewings of the male without a fovea. Hindwings plain; ochreous white, darker posteriorly; with a clear discal mark (this grey); transversely lined (with detectable, grey second and submarginal lines).

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.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found May to July. L. adustata (Scorched Carpet).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • L. adustata (Scorched carpet), with Abraxas, Lomaspilis and Semiothisa: Newman. • L. adustata, with other Sterrhinae: Kirby 45.


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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’.

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