Catamacta chrysomela n. sp.
♂. 17 mm. Head pale grey. Palpi 2, fulvous-ochreous, towards apex grey. Antennal ciliations 1. Thorax grey, a small spot on shoulders and posterior crest fulvous-orange. Abdomen light grey. Forewings elongate, posteriorly dilated, costa gently arched, with moderate fold from base to ⅖, apex obtuse-pointed, termen slightly sinuate, rather oblique; deep fulvous-orange:
cilia concolorous, tips grey-whitish. Hindwings grey; cilia pale grey.
Kaeo (near Whangaroa), in January (Hudson); one specimen. Singularly distinct.
Capua plagiatana Walk.
Mr. Philpott has sent me connecting varietal forms of this extraordinarily variable species, which have convinced me that tornota Meyr. cannot be maintained as specifically distinct from it.
Epichorista persecta n. sp.
♂♀. 18–19 mm. Head, thorax, and abdomen ochreous-whitish. Palpi 4, pale ochreous sprinkled with fuscous, scales of upper and lower edge white. Antennal ciliations of ♂ 1. Forewings suboblong, costa gently arched, apex obtuse, termen slightly rounded, rather oblique; ochreous-whitish, sprinkled with light-brownish, in ♂ posteriorly tinged with light-brownish between veins; a narrow irregular rather dark fuscous streak mixed with brown through disc from base to apex, marked with a blackish spot at ⅖; a black dot beneath this near apex: cilia whitish, on termen partially tinged with brownish towards base, and marked with three blackish basal dots on upper part of termen. Hindwings and cilia whitish.
Tisbury and West Plans, in November (Philpott); two specimens.
The following form I had at first regarded as a new species, but now consider it probably only a variety of persecta, though so different in appearance as to deserve a varietal name; the structure appears identical.
♀. 19 mm. Forewings whitish-ochreous, on costal half suffused with brownish-ochreous; outer edge of basal patch acutely angulated above middle, angle marked with blackish, with black dots above, before, and below it; central fascia oblique, blackish and rather narrow on upper half, on lower half broader, brownish-ochreous, with several undefined black dots on its edges; costal patch elongate, narrow, ochreous-brown mixed with dark grey; a transverse mark of reddish-ochreous suffusion before termen towards middle, marked in middle with a small black spot, and above and beneath this with two or three minute black dots: cilia ochreous. Hind-wings and cilia whitish.
Tisbury, in November (Philpott); one specimen.
Epichorista carcharodes n. sp.
♂. 13 mm. Head and thorax ochreous-brown. Palpi 1¾, loosely scaled, ochreous. Antennal ciliations somewhat over 1. Abdomen dark fuscous. Forewings suboblong, costa anteriorly moderately arched, without fold, posteriorly nearly straight, apex obtuse, termen slightly rounded, little oblique; ochreous-brown, towards costa anteriorly suffusedly mixed with whitish-grey-ochreous; markings dark purplish-leaden, edged with scattered whitish-grey-ochreous scales, especially towards costa; a series of dots or short strigulae along costa; two or three irregular marks about edge of basal patch; two irregular oblique transverse streaks indicating margins of central fascia, somewhat angulated in disc, second with irregular projections posteriorly above and below middle; an irregular transverse streak
near before termen: cilia dark purple-leaden, on termen mixed with brownish-ochreous and towards tips ochreous-whitish. Hindwings dark fuscous, becoming blackish posteriorly; cilia dark purplish - grey with blackish subbasal line, towards tips whitish on upper part of termen, and on a patch above apex.
Kaeo, in January (Hudson); one specimen. An obscure species, probably allied to zatrophana.
Harmologa antitypa n. sp.
♂. 18 mm. Head fuscous-whitish. Palpi hardly over 2, whitish mixed with fuscous, terminal joint very short, dark fuscous. Antennal ciliations. 1. Thorax whitish-fuscous, somewhat mixed with brownish and dark fuscous. Abdomen whitish-ochreous. Forewings suboblong, rather narrowed towards base, costa anteriorly gently arched, with moderate fold from base to ⅓, posteriorly faintly sinuate, apex obtuse, termen nearly straight, little oblique; fuscous suffusedly irrorated with whitish, and sprinkled with ferruginous and blackish specks; markings rather darker fuscous, with some indistinct strigulae of blackish and ferruginous irroration; outer edge of basal patch indicated by an angulated streak, with a strong prominence at angle; central fascia moderately broad, very irregular, from before middle of costa to beyond middle of dorsum, both margins sharply indented above middle and prominent below it; two small spots on costa beyond this; a suffused streak from costa towards apex to dorsum before tornus, curved inwards in middle and outwards below middle; a small spot on costa just before apex; a subtriangular patch before lower portion of termen, touching tornus: cilia grey-whitish, indistinctly barred with fuscous. Hindwings pale greyish, suffusedly marbled with darker; cilia whitish, with grey subbasal line.
Wellington, in November (Hudson); one specimen. Intermediate between amplexana and scoliastis.
Harmologa allogama n. sp.
♂. 14–15 mm., ♀ 16–17 mm. Head and thorax dark purple-fuscous. Palpi in ♂ under 2, dark fuscous; in ♀ 2, whitish mixed with fuscous. Antennal ciliations in ♂ 1½. Abdomen dark fuscous. Forewings in ♂ elongate, rather dilated posteriorly, costa gently arched, with moderate fold from base to ⅔, apex obtuse, termen somewhat sinuate, little oblique, in ♀ more oblong, costa anteriorly moderately arched, then nearly straight; dark fuscous, more or less wholly suffused with deep purple; a patch of ochreous-whitish irroration extending along dorsum from ¼ to ¾, upper edge indented in middle; in ♂ a patch of deep-ferruginous suffusion sprinkled with yellowish on costa towards apex; in ♀ a semioval yellowwhitish blotch extending along costa from ⅖ to near apex; termen slenderly suffused with deep ferruginous: cilia dark purplish-leaden, with blackish subbasal line, in ♀ slightly mixed with whitish beneath apex. Hindwings dark fuscous; cilia in ♂ grey with black subbasal line, in ♀ lighter grey, tinged with whitish beneath apex, with dark-fuscous subbasal line becoming deep ferruginous round apex.
Karori, in garden, in December (Hudson); four specimens (2 ♂ 2 ♀). Nearest achrosta; the difference in the sexes is very remarkable.