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Idaea violacea Hampson
Andragrupos violacea Hampson, 1891, Illust. typical Specimens Lep. Het. Colln. Br. Mus.,
         8: 119.
Eois carneofasciata Warren, 1900, Novit. zool., 7: 105, syn. n.

Idaea violacea
(x 1.16)

This species and I. egenaria Walker following have a strong band postmedially to submarginally on the forewing, and over a much broader area on the hindwing. In egenaria this pattern is more contrasted because of the pale fawn ground colour, and the forewing band is truncated, only represented by its posterior half. A female of violacea is illustrated. Males have the forewing dorsum produced in a prominent posterior tooth that extends to the centre of the hindwing.

Taxonomic notes. The holotype of carneofasciata (Java) is indistinguishable from females of violacea. The latter is the type species of Andragrupos. The male second sternite lacks ornament, but there are coremata at the bases of the valves of the genitalia. The aedeagus vesica contains a row of large cornuti. The bursa of the female is somewhat spiralled, fluted, with spining down the axis of the spiral.

Geographical range. India, Nepal, Hainan, Java, Peninsular Malaysia (Barlow colln), Borneo.

Habitat preference. Bornean material is all from lowland localities, three females from Semengok near Kuching and a fourth from an Acacia mangium plantation at Brumas in Sabah.

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