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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Pterapherapteryx Curtis

Mysticoptera.

Adults. Antennae of males simple; minutely simply-ciliate. Face rough (with a short cone of scales).

Wingspan 22–26 mm. Forewings relatively narrow-elongate to relatively broad; about 2 times as long as wide. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings whitish, or whitish-fuscous; with a clear discal mark (this black); with a distinct median band to without a median band (the dark band well distinguished only near the costa, or fading towards the hind margin). Hindwings plain; grey; predominantly grey, or pale grey; with a clear discal mark (this darker); transversely lined (faintly), or without transverse lines.

Vein 10 of the forewings arising independently of 9; arising out of 11 and anastomosing with 9 to form a simple 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.

Posterior tibiae of males 4-spurred.

Early stages. Pupae Salix.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Wales, and Ireland. Living adults found in June. P. sexalata (Small Seraphim).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

General comments. Hindwings of the male with a dorsal, doubly folded lobe.

Illustrations. • Acasis, Aplocera, Asthena, Carsia, Chesias, Discoloxia, Euchoeca, Hydrelia, Lithostege, Lobophora, Minoa, Odezia, Pterapherapteryx, Trichopteryx: 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’.

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