Hypomecis punctinalis

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Hypomecis punctinalis
Pale oak beauty
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Hypomecis
Species: H. punctinalis
Binomial name
Hypomecis punctinalis
(Scopoli, 1763)
Synonyms
  • Serreca punctinalis

Hypomecis punctinalis, the pale oak beauty, is a moth of the family Geometridae. The species can be found in Central and South Europe, Asia Minor, Transcaucasia, Russia, Russian Far East, Japan, Korea, Ussuri, West China.

The wingspan is 46–55 mm. The length of the forewings is 22–26 mm.The forewings have a grey-white ground colour with a brownish tinge and are fine blackish dusted.The outer margin of the forewing has a convexly. The forewings have conspicuous transverse lines and a clear discal mark. The discal mark is pale-centred and dark-ringed. The forewings of the male have a fovea. The hindwings are similarly marked. The hindwing median and second lines are conspicuously dark and wavy.

Similar species

  • Hypomecis roboraria (H.roboraria has a pale spot on a dark background at the apex forewing underside. This is not present in H.punctinalis)
  • Hypomecis species.

The moths fly in one generation from the end of April to July.[1]

The larva feed on various trees including oak and birch.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The flight season refers to the Belgium and The Netherlands. This may vary in other parts of the range.

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