There are thought to be around eleven species of Hemichroa globally with a holarctic distribution. In Britain and Ireland there are two species.

The genus Hemichroa can be characterised within the Nematinae by the following features. The antennae are at least twice as long as the width of the head and are slender in form. The pedicel is broader than it is long. The prepectus is present and is triangular in shape and separated from the mesepisternum by a suture. In the forewing, the anal cell is widely divided into a basal and apical portion, though vein 2A+3A may be very faint in the basal portion. The vein 2r-rs in the marginal cell may be present or absent and vein 2m-cu meets cell 1Rs. The tarsal claws have a long inner tooth .

Larvae feed on the leaves of various trees, especially those in the Rosaceae, Betulaceae, and Salicaceae.

Species list:

Hemichroa australis (Serville, 1823)

Hemichroa crocea (Geoffroy, 1785)


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