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Brabira Moore

Type species: atkinsonii Moore, N. India.

Heppner & Inoue (1992) placed Brabira in their concept of Lobophorini. The male hindwing venation is modified, reduced, with the anal area developed into a lobe much as in Goniopteroloba and allies. That of the female is more normal; vein Sc is anastomosed with Rs over almost all the distal two thirds of its length in the cell (it is separate in Goniopteroloba, but similarly fused in Hypocometa Warren and allies). The forewing is somewhat triangular, the venation with a double areole: the dorsal zone is broad, supported by strong curvature of vein CuA2.

The male antennae are bipectinate, the pectinations recurved evenly over their length (over distal half only in Goniopteroloba). Those of the female are filiform, ciliated.

The male genitalia have a simple uncus, slightly swollen apically, acute, a variably developed saccus, and simple valves flanked by weak socii. The female genitalia have the ductus and bursa rather small, the latter elongate and fluted over most of its length apart from a short distal area in emerita, but longer in the type species. The ovpositor lobes are rather square.

The larva of the Japanese species was illustrated by Sugi (1987). It is robust, glossy dark grey dorsally and green ventrally. It feeds exclusively on Aralia (Araliaceae).

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