This tribe originates as the Catephidae of Guenée (Kühne &
Speidel, 2004; Speidel & Naumann, 2005). The features of the male abdomen,
particularly the juxta, and of the female ostial area, together with the
unscaled clypeofrons suggest this group should be associated with the more
robust, core catocalines; the ovipositor lobes of the type genus have a
longitudinal band of sclerotisation similar to that of the Catocalini (p. 38)
and Ericeia (p. 116). Roepke (1941) distinguished Catephia
from the Aediinae, illustrating differences in the male genitalia. The
corematous valve apex noted in the type genus resembles that of the Catocalini,
as does the structure of the ovipositor, but there are no other strong
parallels. The pupa of the type species of Catephia has a bloom but one was not noted for the
Bornean C. linteola Guenée (see below).
The facies, and structure of the male abdomen (eighth segment, weak asymmetry in
the valve processes, similar but less developed juxta) suggest that Paranagia
may also belong in this tribe.
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