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Lampropteryx Stephens

Type species: suffumata Denis & Schiffermüller, Europe.

Synonyms: Anisobole Warren (type species suffumata); Paracomucha Warren (type species chalybearia Moore, Himalaya, Taiwan); Paralophia Warren (type species pustulata Warren, Sikkim).

This genus has been subordinated to Cosmorhoe Hübner (type species ocellata Linnaeus, Europe), as the male genitalia are very similar, but the female of Cosmorhoe has a distinctive signum, a transverse spined band, that is lacking in Lampropteryx, where the bursa has a very long neck with a spherical bulb distally, both very finely scobinate (Fig 585). The males of both genera have the setose lobes (or labides) that typify the Cidariini elongated into club-like structures, with distal hair-setae, one expanded into a robust blade.

The species have typically larentiine forewing facies, usually with the zone between the antemedial and postimedial distinctly darker than the rest of the wing. Most species are Himalayan, but a few extend more widely into the Palaearctic. Sugi (1987) and Yazaki (1994: 14) also treated Lampropteryx as a distinct genus.

Sugi recorded a Japanese species as feeding on Galium (Rubiaceae). The larva illustrated is variegated brown and grey, paler below in a disruptive pattern, with primary setae robust. British species are also recorded from Galium and relatives (Allan, 1949).

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