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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Odezia Boisduval


Adults. Diurnal (flying in the sunshine). Antennae of males simple; evenly simply-ciliate. Face rough (with projecting scales).

Wingspan 27–30 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings uniformly black, save for the white apical cilia; without a clear discal mark. Hindwings plain; uniformly black; predominantly black; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines.

Vein 10 of the forewings arising independently of 9. 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.

Early stages. Larvae feeding on flowers of Conopodium.

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 June and July. O. atrata (Chimney Sweep).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

Illustrations. • O. atrata (Chimney Sweeper), Acasis, Aplocera, Asthena, Carsia, Chesias, Discoloxia, Euchoeca, Hydrelia, Lithostege, Lobophora, Minoa, Pterapherapteryx, Trichopteryx: Newman 1869. • O. atrata (Chimney Sweeper), 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.’.