British Insects: Pug moths (Lepidoptera-Geometridae)

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (Haworth)

Lyncometra, G. bistrigata (Haworth), G. pumilata (Hübner), G. recictaria (Boisduval), G. globulariata (Milliere).

Double-striped Pug.

Adults. Posterior tibiae of males 2-spurred (females also?). Wingspan 16–22 mm. Forewings distinctly elongate to not noticeably elongate; margin convexly curved to more or less straight; more or less straight to arched; apically somewhat pointed.

Forewings relatively conspicuously patterned; pale brownish-ochreous, darker basally and marginally,s omewhat whitish mixed and conspicuously dark-striated, the fasciae black-sprinked and often suffused reddish, the anterior edge of the median band angulated near the costa; the postmedian line obtusely angulated towards the costa, with small basally-pointing dark triangles; a much darkened part of the submarginal band approching the costa broken between the postmedian and subterminal lines by a paler patch. Forewings with a dark discal mark to without a discal mark. The discal mark when detectable, elongate. Forewing fringes somewhat chequered to not chequered.

The termen of the hindwings slightly concave; apex somewhat pointed to smoothly rounded into the costa; hindwings coloured like the forewings; hindwings patterned similarly to the forewings; hindwings conspicuously patterned; hindwings transversely striated (striated and fasciated to match the forwings, including the postmedian line with its small dark triangular marks); hindwings without a clear discal mark; fringes not conspicuously chequered.

The abdomen conspicuously patterned; with an entire black sub-basal band, or with a fuscous sub-basal band.

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

Genitalia. The male abdominal plate in the form of two separate sclerotized components. The bursa copulatrix ornamented over most of its surface; without spines.

Early stages, ecology. Botanically polyphagous. Foodplants woody-dicotyledonous and herbaceous-dicotyledonous; Aquifoliaceae, Compositae (Asteraceae), Convolvulaceae, Ericaceae, Leguminosae-Papilionoideae, Rosaceae, and Umbelliferae (Apiaceae). The larvae found on Ulex, Cytissus, Sorbus, Crataegus, Ilex, Calluna, Clematis, Convolvulus, Chaerophyllum, Senecio, Eupatorium, etc.; feeding on flowers.

Months of appearance, distribution. Adults abroad March to May, or July to September; larvae found May and June, or August and September. South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (common everywhere except the Shetlands).

Special key characters. Forewings with small dark arrow-like markings pointing inwards from the postmedian line. Hindwings pale ochreous, or light brown, or reddish brown.

Illustrations. • G. rufifasciata (Double-striped Pug), with larva: Barrett. • Gymnoscelis rufifasciata, with Anticollix, Chloroclystis and Pasiphila: Hubner 1809–1817. • G. rufifasciata (Double-striped Pug), with other Pugs: South. • G. rufifasciata (Double-striped Pug): Swain.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: Pug moths (Lepidoptera-Geometridae). Version: 29th December 2011. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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