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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Odontopera Stephens


Adults. Nocturnal; relatively stout-bodied. Antennae of males bipectinate; bipectinate to the apex. Face rough (with dense, projecting scales). Tongue fully developed, or absent.

Wingspan 46–50 mm. The outer margin of the forewing angulated; scalloped. Forewings brown with dark first and second lines, or (ab. nigra) blackish with a lighter second line only, with a dark-ringed discal spot; predominantly brown, or blackish; with a clear discal mark. The discal mark conspicuously pale-centred and dark-ringed. Forewings of the male without a fovea. The outer margin of the hindwings rounded; often slightly scalloped, or smooth. Hindwings conspicuously patterned to plain; coloured like the forewings, but paler; with a clear discal mark (this dark-ringed). The discal mark conspicuously pale-centred and dark-ringed. Hindwings transversely lined (the first line lacking, the second dark and sharp).

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 foliage of Betula, Corylus, etc.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (common). Living adults found May and June. O. bidentata (Scalloped Hazel).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • Odontopera bidentata (Scalloped Hazel): light and melanic (photos). • Ennominae (‘Thorns’, etc.): Kirby 46. • Assorted Ennominae (‘Thorns’, with larvae): Humphreys, 1860.

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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.’.