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Micropterygina.

Passing over the Hepialidae, I give here the Micropterygidae only, whose small size causes them to be neglected except by collectors of the Tineina.

17. Micropterygidae.

Head rough. Maxillary palpi developed. Posterior tibiae with four spurs. Forewings with jugum. Hindwings without frenulum, with 10 or more veins, neuration resembling that of forewings.

The most primitive family of Lepidoptera, including about 60 known species, of which 11 are from New Zealand, but they are probably often overlooked. More forms of this highly interesting and important group probably remain to be discovered in New Zealand, and search is recommended in damp places or margins of brooks in forests at considerable elevations in early spring, before other insects are common. In Europe most of the family occur in very early spring.

93. Mnesarchaea Meyr.

Mnesarchaea Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. xviii, 180 (1886); type, paracosma Meyr.

No mandibles. Tongue short. Labial palpi well developed. Maxillary palpi terminating in a porrected brush. Middle tibiae with two apical spurs.

Endemic. A highly interesting and instructive form.

328.M. paracosma Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1885, 180.

Nelson, Lake Wakatipu, Invercargill.

329.M. loxoscia Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1887, 90.

Auckland, Wellington.

330.M. hamadelpha Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1887, 91.

Wellington, Nelson, Mount Arthur (to 4,000 ft.).

94. Micropardalis Meyr.

Micropardalis Meyr., Gen. Ins. cxxxii, 7 (1912); type, doroxena Meyr.

Mandibles developed. No tongue. Labial palpi rudimentary. Maxillary palpi long, folded. Middle tibiae with apical bristles, without spurs. Forewings with 7 and 8 separate.

Endemic.

331.M. doroxena Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1887, 92; Gen. Ins. cxxxii, f. 2.

Auckland, Gisborne.

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95. Sabatinca Walk.

Sabatinca Walk., Cat. xxviii, 511 (1863); type, incongruella Walk. Palaeomicra Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. xviii, 180 (1886); type, chrysargyra Meyr.

Mandibles developed. No tongue. Labial palpi rudimentary. Maxillary palpi long, folded. Middle tibiae with apical bristles, without spurs. Forewings with 7 and 8 stalked.

Besides the following, there is one species in Queensland.

332.S. rosicoma Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1913, 118.

Kaeo.

333.S. zonodoxa Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1887, 91; Gen. Ins. cxxxii, f. 3.

Auckland.

334.S. quadrijuga, Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1911, 126.

Invercargill.

335.S. caustica Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1911, 124.

Seaward Moss.

336.S. chrysargyra Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1885, 182.

Lake Wakatipu.

337.S. incongruella Walk., Cat. xxviii, 511; Meyr., Gen. Ins. cxxxii, f. 4: chalcophanes Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1885, 182.

Makatoku, Ohakune, Wellington, Nelson.

338.S. calliarcha Meyr., Trans. N.Z. Inst. 1911, 124.

Bluecliff.