Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Geometridae
Adults. Antennae of males simple; simply-ciliate. Face smooth.
Wingspan 18–23 mm. The outer margin of the forewing slightly sigmoid-curved, or convexly curved. Forewings light fuscous or greyish ochreous, unmarked; without a clear discal mark. Hindwings plain (unmarked); coloured like the forewings; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines.
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 Euphorbia.
British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, and Wales. Living adults found in June. M. murinata (Drab Looper).
Illustrations. • M. murinata (Drab Looper), with Acasis, Aplocera, Asthena, Carsia, Chesias, Discoloxia, Euchoeca, Hydrelia, Lithostege, Lobophora, Odezia, Pterapherapteryx, Trichopteryx: Newman 1869. • M. murinata, with other Larentiinae: Kirby 49.
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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’.