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Epichorista emphanes Meyr.

♂. 13 mm. Antennal ciliations 1 ½. Forewings without costal fold; deep ferruginous, crossed by numerous oblique irregular series of very small subconfluent purplish-leaden-grey spots, without defined markings, but central fascia and costal patch sometimes indicated on costa. Hindwings blackish.

Mount Arthur tableland, 4,200 ft., in February; two ♂, one ♀, sent by Mr. Hudson as probably sexes of same species, which is doubtless correct; the ♂ differs considerably in appearance from the ♀, and has not been previously described.

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Harmologa achrosta Meyr.

♂. 12–16 mm. Antennal ciliations 1. Forewings with costal fold moderate, extending from base to about middle, termen slightly rounded; dark fuscous, variably strewn with scattered ferruginous-yellowish hair-scales; basal patch, moderate central fascia, a narrow fascia from ¾ of costa to tornus, and some streaks posteriorly formed by darker strigulation, space between these somewhat leaden-tinged, but all very indistinct and sometimes obsolete even in fine specimens. Hindwings dark fuscous or blackish.

I describe four fresh specimens from Mount Arthur tableland, 4,200 ft., in February (Hudson); also, the insect lately described by me under the name of epicura from Castle Hill, 3,000 ft., in January, is now seen to be the same species, a lighter-coloured example.

Harmologa pontifica n. sp.

♂. 21 mm. Head, palpi, and thorax dark grey, forehead with a whitish transverse line. Antennal ciliations 1 ½. Abdomen dark grey, anal tuft pale greyish-ochreous. Forewings suboblong, costa moderately arched, with moderate fold extending from base to beyond ⅓, apex obtuse, termen slightly rounded, little oblique; greyish, with ashy-purplish reflections, irregularly sprinkled with dark fuscous and a few whitish scales; costal fold dark fuscous; outer edge of basal patch indicated on lower half by an erect fasciaform blackish mark from dorsum before middle; central fascia narrow, from before middle of costa to beyond middle of dorsum, blackish, mixed with ferruginous-reddish in disc; a blackish discal dot at ⅔; a small blackish spot on costa beyond central fascia; costal patch narrow, formed of three confluent blackish spots; a transverse irregular blackish streak from near this to tornus; some irregular blackish markings before lower half of termen: cilia grey mixed with blackish. Hindwings grey, becoming darker posteriorly; cilia grey-whitish, with grey subbasal line.

Mount Arthur tableland, 4,200 ft., in February (Hudson); one specimen.

Tortrix indigestana Meyr.

Two specimens reared from larvae feeding on Pimelea laevigata, Makara Beach, in October and November (Sunley). I had previously only one specimen from New Zealand, but the species is common in Australia, where it has been bred from Hibbertia linearis. The genus Pimelea is, however, common and characteristic in both regions.

Cnephasia holorphna n. sp.

♂. 18 mm. Head fuscous mixed with whitish-ochreous. Paipi 2 ½, clothed with very long rough projecting scales, whitish-ochreous sprinkled with fuscous. Antennal ciliations bifasciculate, 2 ½. Thorax fuscous, sprinkled and edged with whitish-ochreous. Abdomen fuscous, segmental margins and anal tuft whitish-ochreous. Forewings suboblong, costa gently arched, with moderate fold extending from base to ¼, apex obtuse termen slightly rounded, somewhat oblique; fuscous, with irregularly scattered whitish scales, especially on margins, and with scattered strigulae of dark fuscous and blackish scales, but no defined markings: cilia fuscous, towards tips whitish. Hindwings fuscous, darker towards termen; cilia whitish-fuscous, with a fuscous subbasal line, towards tips whitish. Under-surface of hindwings grey (in latomana whitish).

Mount Enys, 5,600 ft., in January (Hudson); one specimen. Allied to latomana