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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Nebula Bruand

Coenotephria Prout.

Adults. Antennae of males bipectinate.

Wingspan 29–31 mm. The outer margin of the forewing slightly sigmoid-curved, or convexly curved. Forewings not predominantly green, yellow, or black; whitish to light grey, sprinkled and striated dark fuscous; with a clear discal mark (this blackish); with a distinct median band to without a median band (band undefined to somewhat darker); without an oblique red stripe. Hindwings plain; light grey, or greyish-whitish; with a clear discal mark (this grey). The discal mark not dark-ringed. Hindwings transversely lined (with grey posterior striae).

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, Asperula.

British representation. 1 species; South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found June and July. N. salicata latentaria (Striped Twin-spot Carpet).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

Illustrations. • Larentiinae: Nebula salicata (ssp. latentaria Curtis: Striped Twin-spot Carpet; B. Ent. 296). • Nebula salicata (ssp. latentaria Curtis: B. Ent. 296, legend+text). • British Epirrhoe, Costaconvexa, Camptogramma, Entephria, Larentia, Anticlea, Mesoleuca, Pelurga, Lampropteryx, Nebula, Cosmorhoe, Nebula: Newman 1869.

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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.’.