Eurythecta fraudulenta n. sp.
♂. 11–14 mm. Head and palpi dark brown mixed with ferruginous or red. Antennae brown mixed with grey, ciliations over one. Thorax dark brown, sometimes mixed with reddish. Abdomen and legs dark brown. Forewings, costa strongly arched at base, apex rectangular, termen moderately rounded, slightly oblique; dark slaty brown strigulated throughout with ferruginous or red; fringes slate colour, basal half reddish. Hindwings greyish-fuscous: fringes greyish-fuscous with dark basal line.
♀. Head and thorax brown, ochreous or ferruginous. Forewings usually brown mixed with yellow, ferruginous or reddish; margin of basal patch very oblique, reaching dorsum at about ½; a broad, fairly even paler fascia following basal patch, usually lead-coloured, sometimes whitish, frequently obscure; a short white outwardly oblique fascia from costa at 3/5, frequently bent at middle and
continued in lead-colour to before tornus, sometimes forming part of a subtriangular patch on costa before apex: fringes a mixture of the wing colours. Hindwings fuscous: fringes fuscous with dark basal line, round apex ochreous-whitish.
Superficially very similar to Epichorista emphhanes Meyr. The female is extremely variable, one example having the first and second fasciae united and forming a broad white band across the wing.
Gordon's Pyramid and Mount Arthur Tableland, in February and March. A good series taken at about 4,000 feet. Holotype (♂), allotype (♀) and a series of paratypes in coll. Cawthron Institute.