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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Lomaspilis Hübner

Poecilophasia.

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

Wingspan 24–28 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings white or ochreous-white, with contrasty, dark fuscous costal, terminal and sometimes median bands and/or blotches; without a clear discal mark; with a distinct median band (sometimes, the band very dark), or without a median band. Forewings of the male without a fovea. Hindwings very conspicuously patterned (usually), or plain (when the dark markings are missing); white or ochreous-white, usually with a dark fuscous marginal band and a blotch at the anal angle, sometimes also with a dark median transverse band; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines, or transversely lined (when there is a dark median band representing a line).

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.

Early stages. Larvae feeding on Salix.

British representation. 1 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 to July. L. marginata (Clouded Border).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • British Abraxas, Ligdia, Lomaspilis and Semiothisa: Newman. • L. marginata (Clouded Border), 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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