Hampson (1909) Vol. XII pp 11-13. Description and Key to the Genus CATABAPTA (Catocalinae)
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Catabapta, Hulst, Bull. Brooklyn Ent. Soc. vii. p. 49 (1884) .. Type. antinympha.

Proboscis fully developed; palpi upturned, the 2nd joint reaching to about middle of frons and rather broadly sealed, the 3rd moderate and moderately scaled; frons smooth, with tuft of hair above; eyes large, round; antennae of male ciliated; thorax clothed with hair and hair-like scales, the pro- and metathorax with slight, spreading crests, the mesothorax with small paired crests; tibiae moderately fringed with hair and all the tibiae spined; the mid tibiae of male dilated with a fold containing a tuft of long hair; abdomen with dorsal ridges of hair and hairy crests on three basal segments. Fore wing triangular, the apex rounded, the termen evenly curved, crenulate; veins 3 and 5 from near angle of cell; 6 from upper angle; 9 from 10 anastomosing with 8 to form the areole; 11 from cell. Hind wing with the cell about one-third length of wing; veins 3 and 4 from angie of cell; 5 fully developed from just above angle of cel1; 6, 7 from upper angle; 8 anastomosing with the cell near base only.

KEY to the Catabapta

A. Hind wing black-brown.

B. Hind wing yellow.

7129. Catabapta sappho. (Plate CXCII. fig. 1.)

Catocala sappho, Streck. Lep. Rhop. & Het. p. 95, pl. xi. f. 4 (1874); Smith, Cat. Noct. N. Am. p. 352.

Male. Head and thorax white irrorated with red-brown; palpi with the 2nd and 3rd joints dark brown towards tips; tegulae with red-brown lines at, middle and near tips; fore and mid tibiae and the tarsi banded with blackish; abdomen reddish brown with some whitish at, base and in anal tuft, the ventral surface white. Fore wing white sparsely irrorated with brown; subbasal line black, angled outwards below costa and ending at submedian fold; ante-medial line very indistinct, double filled in wit;h white, the outer line with large black-brown spot at costa, then oblique to sub-median fold and slightly angled inwards on median nervure, incurved at vein 1; reniform very large and irregularly rounded,

Last revised by JGK 10/10/96