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Pyrgotis consentiens n. sp.

♂♀12–15 mm. Head, palpi, and thorax dark purplish-red. Abdomen fuscous. Forewings oblong, costa gently arched, apex rounded, termen subsinuate; purplish-red; sometimes a white fascia from ¼ costa to before middle of dorsum, narrowest towards costa, sometimes upper portion obsolete: cilia reddish-ochreous. Hindwings fuscous: cilia fuscous-grey with a darker basal line, reddish-ochreous round apex.

Abundantly distinct form other forms of the genus. The examples having the white fascia are not common, occurring in about the proportion of 1 to 12.

Table Hill, Stewart Island. One specimen at 2,000 ft. in December. Hunter Mountains in December. Common amongst Veronica and Cassinia scrub at 3,000 ft. to 3,500 ft.

Eurythecta varia n. sp.

♂9–10 mm. Head, palpi, and thorax brownish-ochreous. Antennae dark brown, annulated with ochreous. Abdomen dark fuscous. Forewings with vein 6 present, to termen, costa almost straight, apex subacute, termen rounded, strongly oblique; dull to bright ochreous, mixed with dark fuscous; a white or pale-ochreous streak from base to ⅓, much

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dilated posteriorly, margined beneath by a dark-fuscous blotch, and with a similar blotch above extending beyond; a white, posteriorly oblique, cuneate striga from dorsum beyond middle, its apex almost reaching costa, followed by a suffused dark-fuscous blotch; 3 dark-fuscous spots on apical third of costa, sometimes margined with white, often obsolete; usually some orange scales round tornus: cilia grey, mixed with ochreous and orange at base Hindwings with vein 4 absent, greyish-fuscous: cilia greyish-fuscous with a darker basal line.

♀10–12 mm. White markings of ♂ obsolete, and forewings almost wholly suffused with greyish-fuscous.

Probably with most affinity to E potamias Meyr., from which it is easily separated by the white markings.

Discovered by Mr. C. C. Fenwick on the Kaikoura Range (Marlborough) in the month of December. Mr. Fenwick informs me that the species was common in marshy spots, and that when disturbed from the herbage it almost invariably alighted on the water.

Tortrix fastigata n. sp.

♂♀21–24 mm. Head, palpi, and thorax pale ochreous mixed with brown. Antennae ochreous annulated with brown Abdomen ochreous. Forewings in ♂ elongate-triangular, in ♀ oblong, costa hardly arched in ♂, in ♀ strongly arched at base and indented slightly before middle, apex rounded, termen sinuate, hardly oblique; pale yellow, irrorated with purplish-brown; markings in ♂ very obscure, median fascia brownish, outwardly oblique beneath costa, bent inwardly to disc, thence obliquely to before tornus; a triangular brownish blotch on costa before apex; a slightly curved linear mark beneath this at middle; in ♀ a basal striga with a blunt projection outwardly at middle is obscurely indicated, and the triangular costal patch is connected with the curved median mark beneath it: cilia yellow, mixed with brown near apex. Hindwings and cilia pale whitish-yellow sprinkled with purplish-brown.

Near T acrocausta Meyr, but the ♂ is much longer- and narrower-winged and the markings of the ♀ are dissimilar. Probably fastigata is attached to open country, while acrocausta is confined to the bush.

Longwood Range, a ♀ at 3,000 ft. in December. Hunter Mountains, one of each sex at 3,500 ft in January.