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This tribe is typified by the genus Lomographa Hübner, with numerous Holarctic species and a few tropical ones. A number of S.E. Asian genera may be referable to the tribe but morphological evidence to support this is at best weak. This problem is also encountered in the New World (Rindge, 1979) and is paralleled by the situation in the Caberini (see Caberini).

However, there is a major assemblage of Indo-Australian tropical genera that can be defined on a number of apomorphic features, so this will be discussed first. Then the affinities of Lomographa to it and other genera tentatively included in Baptini here will be assessed.

The features of this group are found particularly on the valve of the male genitalia: a broad, immaculate costal zone, often with a marginal process or angle; a central zone of long setae that become denser and often longer towards the apex of the valve and towards the ventral margin of the valve; this ventral margin is, however, much less setose, and extends convexly round the apex of the valve following the central zone of long setae that also curves; between the setose zone and the ventral zone a row of (or just a few) peg-like, short, broad setae is often found.

The setation pattern of the valve bears some similarity to that of the see Ourapterygini, but this group differs in having a strong gnathus. It is weak or absent in the genera suggested here to be Baptini. Other features held in common with the Ourapterygini include: lack of a fovea in the male forewing (except in Borbacha Moore; ); presence of socii in the male genitalia (many, but not all genera). A transverse comb of setae on the male third sternite is present in Ourapterygini but absent in Baptini.

Coremata are present at the base of the valve in many genera. The male antennae range from strongly bipectinate to ciliate or prismatic. Prismatic, or finely ciliate antennae are characteristic of most Lithinini, and are seen in Lomographa (Holloway, 1987) and some other genera of the Baptini as treated here.

The majority of genera included in Baptini here accord with these general features. Lomographa itself shows the valve setation feature to a moderate degree in the type species, the European bimaculata Fabricius, and this species also has general spining rather than a signum in the bursa copulatrix, a feature seen in some, but not all Bornean species currently in the genus. Therefore, in the pages following, Lomographa will be treated first, followed by Tasta Walker and then the Indo-Australian generic assemblage strongly defined by presence of an angled or irregular valve costa and/or peg-like setae at the ventral border of the general setal field: Hypulia Swinhoe, Rhynchobapta Hampson, Nothomiza Warren, Yashmakia Warren, Parasynegia Warren, Synegia Guenée, Platycerota Hampson, Eurychoria Prout and possibly Bulonga Walker, Curbia Warren and Eurytaphria Warren.

The final genus referred to Baptini here, somewhat tentatively, is Borbacha. Reasons for its inclusion will be given in the generic description.

The Neotropical Palyadini (Warren, 1894; Hulst, 1896) have elongate valves in the male genitalia as in Synegia and allies above, and the setation is also comparable, angular processes from the valve costa and larger peg-like setae have not been observed. The socii are often strongly developed, rigid, digitate structures. Hulst noted the absence of a frenulum in the two genera he included: Palyas Guenée and Phrygionis Hübner the latter revised by Scoble (in press). This absence is correlated with expansion of the humeral lobe of the hindwing which is angular, almost falcate. Other genera attributable to the Palyadini on this feature will be listed by Dr Scoble in a forthcoming publication.

The representation of the Synegia group in the Neotropics is unclear, but the genus Hypoplectis Hübner probably belongs to it (see Scardamiini).

Lomographa species feed as larvae most frequently, but not exclusively, on the family Rosaceae. There are some weak indications of a preference for Aquifoliaceae in the major group of genera treated here. The records of species in the major group show some preference for forests on wet or acid soils in the lowlands, or montane forests. The tree genus Ilex (Aquifoliaceae) also shows preference for such habitats in Malaysia (Corner, 1988).

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