species: ephyrodalis Walker,
(type species accingalis Walker,
Sri Lanka) praeocc.;
(type species distorta Swinhoe, Borneo); Talmela
(replacement name for Matella).
facies of the species in this genus is distinctive, though highly modified in
the forewings of males of distorta. The wings have irregular margins, a
generally medium ochreous brown ground colour with nacreous discal spots and
fine dark fasciae on fore- and hindwings. The wings may have an uneven greenish
or purplish suffusion on the upperside. The male antennae are ciliate, with one
bristle on each flagellomere distinctly longer.
abdomen has an eighth segment that is short, not of the framed corematous type
(the tergite lacks apodemes), but with the distal margin of the sternite deeply
excavated. The genitalia have a diversity of structure to the uncus (e.g.
T-shaped in accingalis), and the valves are relatively short but variably
divided into costal and saccular arms that are usually slender. The valve bases
are often fused, bearing projections that may usurp the role of the juxta (which
is not apparent).
female has an ovipositor typical of the Episparis-group
and the ostium is between the seventh and eighth segments. The ductus and corpus
bursae are diverse in structure, and the latter may be extensively scobinate,
sometimes with bands of scobination in the distal part.
genus is predominantly Oriental and African, but some of the species currently
associated with it are probably misplaced. Several of the smaller species are
transferred to other genera in the next section (p. 306).
species was reared by Bell (MS) in India. It is spindle-shaped, a uniform pale
grass-green with a darker green dorsal line along the body. All prolegs are
developed, though those of A3 and A4 are slightly smaller. Hatchling larvae rest
and feed stretched beneath young leaves, a habit that continues to maturity.
Pupation is in a loose cocoon on the ground, covered with particles of earth.
plants of this and another Indian species studied by Bell, E.
are all in the Rubiaceae: Canthium, Randia and
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