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

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Spargania Guenée

Adults. Antennae of males simple. Face rough.

Wingspan 29–33 mm. The outer margin of the forewing convexly curved. Forewings dark greyish-fuscous to blackish, slightly white-speckled; predominantly fuscous, or grey, or blackish; with a clear discal mark, or without a clear discal mark; without a median band. The outer margin of the hindwings smooth. Hindwings conspicuously patterned (with a dark, contrasty terminal band sometimes containing white spots, and a grey basal patch); white and light grey; with a clear discal mark; transversely lined (with a sharp postmedian line).

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.

Posterior tibiae of males 4-spurred.

British representation. 1 species; South-east England (very rare). Living adults found May and June, or August (double brooded). S. luctuata (White-banded Carpet).

Subfamily. Larentiinae.

Illustrations. • S. luctuata (White-banded Carpet), with other Larentiinae (‘Carpets’, ‘Pugs’, etc.): Kirby 51.


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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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