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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Petrophora Hübner

Lithina, Lozogramma, Ortholita.

Adults. Antennae of males dentate to simple (stout, flatly sub-dentate); shortly, evenly simply-ciliate.

Wingspan 31–37 mm. The outer margin of the forewing slightly sigmoid-curved, or convexly curved. Forewings light brownish-ochreous, the almost straight first and second lines whitish and anteriorly edged dark brown; with a clear discal mark (this dark fuscous). Forewings of the male without a fovea. The outer margin of the hindwings rounded to angled. Hindwings plain; whitish-ochreous; predominantly whitish to pale ochreous; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (the pale, fuscous-edged lines more distinct towards the hind margin).

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 Pteridium aquilinum.

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 May and June. P. chlorosata (Brown Silver-line).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • Cepphis, Epione, Isturgia, Opisthograptis, Pachycnemia, Petrophora, Plagodis, Pseudopanthera: Newman. • Ennominae: Kirby 48.


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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. delta-intkey.com’.

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