Hampson (1909) Vol. XII pp 143-7. Description and Key to the Genus EPHESIA (Catocalinae, Noctuidae)


Ephesia, Hubn. Verz. p. 278 (1827)............. Type. fulminea.

Proboscis fully developed; palpi upturned, the 2nd joint reaching to about middle of frons and rather broadly scaled, the 3rd moderate; frons smooth, with tuft of hair; eyes large, round; antennae of male ciliated; thorax typically clothed with hair and hair-like scales, the pro- and metathorax with spreading crests, the mesothorax with small paired crests; tibiae moderately fringed with hair, the fore and hind tibiae not spined, the mid 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 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, 4 from angle; 5 fully developed from just above angle; 6, 7 from upper angle; 8 anastomosing with the cell near base only.

KEY to the Genus EPHESIA

SECT. I. Thorax clothed chiefly with scales.

A. Hind wing black-brown.

B. Hind wing yellowish white ............................. nivea.
C. Hind wing crimson.

D. Hind wing scarlet.

E. Hind wing. yellow or orange-yellow.

SECT. II. Thorax clothed with hair with a few scales mixed.

*7262. Ephesia miranda.

Catocala miranda, H. Edw. Papilio, i. p. 118 (1881); Smith, Cat. Noct. N. Am. p. 351.

Head and thorax grey; tegulae brown; abdomen grey-brown. Fore wing clear grey, the lines distinct, black; antemedial line oblique, slightly dentate; reniform grey defined by diffused white; postmedial line bent outwards below costa, then oblique and sinuous, angled outwards above and below vein 5, then waved, strongly bent inwards at vein 1 and reaching the inner margin near the antemedial line. ]lind wing black, the cilia pure white. Underside fuscous brown, fore wing with a subterminal white band; both wings with the apical area white; hind wing with the cilia white.