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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Siona Duponchel


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

Wingspan 39–52 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings white to pale ochreous-white, with grey veins; without a clear discal mark. Forewings of the male without a fovea. Hindwings plain; coloured and veined like the forewings; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines.

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 grasses, e.g. Brachypodium.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, and Ireland (local). Living adults found in June. S. lineata (Black Veined Moth).

Subfamily. Ennominae.

Illustrations. • Siona lineata (Black-veined Moth): B. Ent. 691. • Siona lineata: B. Ent. 691, legend+text. • Siona lineata: B. Ent. 691, text cont.. • Aspitates, Dyscia, Glacies, Perconia, Siona: Newman. • Ennominae: Aspitates, Semiothisa, Perconia, Siona (Kirby).

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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.’.