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Oenospila Swinhoe

Type species: flavifusata Walker.

Species in this genus have the forewing costa lined with white, prominent dark discal spots and irregularly dentate reddish brown postmedials on both wings. There is a faint antemedial on the forewing, and the margins of both wings also have red markings. The male antennae are bipectinate, the pectinations long, untidily adpressed to the shaft.

The male abdomen is characterised by a central, more or less circular patch of large setae (Fig 238). The genitalia have a characteristically sclerotised costa to the valve, with a central flap that is folded over in some taxa or a distal projection. There is also a saccular process or harpe that can be large (e.g. in the O. strix Butler group). There are small coremata. The vinculum is narrow, often produced into a saccus.

In the female genitalia (flavifusata) the ovipositor lobes are of the modified type. The ductus is narrow, surrounded by a scobinate, U-shaped lamella vaginalis. The signum is large, a sclerotised, flat ring joined by its inner margin to the wall of the bursa.

The biology of the type species is described below.

The genus contains ten species, ranging throughout the Indo-Australian tropics. The taxon oleraria Guenée was misplaced in Oenospila (see next genus).

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