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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Serraca Moore

Pseudoboarmia; = Hypomecis Hübner.

Adults. Crepuscular and nocturnal. Antennae of males strongly bipectinate; apically simple. Face rough (with a short tuft of scales).

Wingspan 44–54 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings whitish with brownish tinge, conspicuously transversely lined; with a clear discal mark. The discal mark conspicuously pale-centred and dark-ringed. Forewings of the male with a fovea. Hindwings conspicuously patterned; coloured like the forewings; with a clear discal mark. The discal mark conspicuously pale-centred and dark-ringed. Hindwings transversely lined (the conspicuous median and second lines dark and wavy).

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 Quercus.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, and English Midlands (not common). Living adults found June and July. S. punctinalis (Pale Oak Beauty).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • S. punctinalis (Pale Oak Beauty), with Aethalura, Boarmia, Bupalus, Ectropis, Ematurga, Tephronia: 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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