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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Pelurga Hübner


Adults. Antennae of males simple; shortly, simply-ciliate.

Wingspan 30–36 mm. The outer margin of the forewing slightly sigmoid-curved, or convexly curved. Forewings not predominantly green, yellow, or black; ochreous to ochreous-yellow, with darker or brown striae; predominantly pale ochreous, or ochreous, or cream, or yellow; with a clear discal mark (this blackish); with a distinct median band (this dark and contrasty, but paler down its middle). The outer margin of the hindwings rounded, or rounded to angled; smooth. Hindwings plain; whitish-ochreous or fuscous-tinged; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with faint to fairly clear 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 Chenopodiaceae.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found in July. Pelurga comitata (Dark Spinach).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

General comments. The thorax with a horny anterior prominence.

Illustrations. • P. comitata (Dark Spinach), with Epirrhoe, Costaconvexa, Camptogramma, Entephria, Larentia, Anticlea, Mesoleuca, Lampropteryx, Cosmorhoe and Nebula: Newman 1869. • P. comitata, with other Larentiinae (‘Carpets’, ‘Pugs’, etc.): Kirby 51.

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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.’.