Kenguichardia Gen. n.
Type species: orbus sp. n.
The head is illustrated in Fig. 5. Ocelli and chaetosemata are absent. The
tongue is strong. The antennae have a prominent scape directed laterally, with
an unusual dorsal tooth. The flagellum is set at right-angles to the scape, and
is slightly serrate and densely ciliate. The palps are upcurved to reach well
above the head, the second segment being very long. There is a tuft of long,
forwardly directed hairs arising from between the antennal bases.
The tarsi of the fore- and mid-legs bear bunches of scales. The hindlegs have
two pairs of spurs.
The frenulum is strongly developed. The forewings have the cell elongate, all
veins arising independently from it except for R2 and R3 which share a common
stalk (Fig. 5). A fringe of long scales arises from the centre of the costa to
extend back to cover the distal part of vein Sc. The distal stigma coincides
with the cell end (disc), and the more basal one is distal to the pale
antemedial. The hindwing cell is also long; vein Sc is approximate to Rs over the
basal half, but never fused, and diverges at the midpoint of Rs within the cell.
Figure 5. Head and forewing venation in Kenguichardia.
The abdomen has a pair of scent pencils laterally at the base in pockets on the
basal sternite. Basal abdominal scent pencils also occur in some
Noctuidae and the monobasic South African family Apoprogonidae.
The genitalia have a strong saccus, a bifid juxta and simple valves.
The tegumen is long, tapering, grading into the uncus which has a tuft of setae
arising from a central ventral lobe. The gnathus consists of a pair of lateral
straps coming together apically in a tongue-like plate. The aedeagus is simple
with a dorsal field of basally directed spines at the apex that extends, the
spines diminishing in size, into the tube-like vesica.
The female is unknown.
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