Genus Caliroa

Globally, there are 71 species distributed across the palaearctic, nearctic and orient regions. In Britain they are represented by five species and in Ireland by three species (annulipes, cerasi and varipes).

The adults are small (4 to 6mm.) and short lived and are therefore infrequently recorded. They are black with pale on the legs. In the forewing the anal cell is complete and with an oblique cross vein and with vein M and vein 1m-cu converging strongly towards the stigma. The angle of anal vein 2A+3A lacks any projecting spur. The antennae are nine segmented and the pedicel is longer than it is broad. The last four segments combined are at most only slightly longer than the third segment, and the third segment itself is only slightly longer than the fourth. The clypeus is shallowly emarginate. The species lack a prepectus. The hindwing is variable in its venation with cells Rs and M being either present singly, both present or both absent. The anal cell can be either stalked or sessile. In the males all species except for cerasi have a peripheral vein.

The larvae are found on trees and shrubs and are distinctive through being slug-like and coated in mucus.

Species list:

Caliroa annulipes (Klug, 1816)

Caliroa cerasi (Linnaeus, 1758)

Caliroa cinxia (Klug, 1816)

Caliroa tremulae Chevin, 1974

Caliroa varipes (Klug, 1816)


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