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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Opisthograptis Hübner


Adults. Crepuscular and nocturnal. Antennae of males simple (filiform); non-ciliate. Face smooth.

Wingspan 33–44 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings yellow, with ferrugineous costal spots; with a clear discal mark. The discal mark conspicuously pale-centred and dark-ringed (ringed reddish brown). Forewings of the male with a fovea. Hindwings plain; yellow; predominantly yellow; with a clear discal mark (this grey). The discal mark not dark-ringed. Hindwings transversely lined (with three faint, grey, partly interupted lines).

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 Crataegus, Betula, 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. luteolata (Brimstone Moth).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • Cepphis, Epione, Isturgia, Opisthograptis, Pachycnemia, Petrophora, Plagodis, Pseudopanthera: Newman. • Ennominae (‘Thorns’, etc.): Kirby 46. • Forewing and hindwing neuration: O. luteolata and other Geometridae.

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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.’.