Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Geometridae
Adults. Antennae of males simple; simply-ciliate. Face smooth to rough (with somewhat projecting scales).
Wingspan 22–25 mm. Forewings relatively narrow-elongate to relatively broad. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings not predominantly green, yellow, or black; greyish or fuscous, whitish-sprinkled, with dark transverse lines; predominantly pale fuscous, or pale grey; with a clear discal mark (this blackish); with a distinct median band to without a median band (with a more or less distinguished dark band, which is however light in the middle). Hindwings plain; light grey; predominantly pale grey; without a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with a pale bent postmedian and some darker 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.
Early stages. Larvae feeding on Galium.
British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Wales, and Ireland (local). Living adults found May to July. P. virgata (The Oblique Striped).
Illustrations. • British Lythria, Phibalapteryx, Orthonama, Xanthorhoe and Catarhoe: Newman (1869).
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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’.