Miscellaneous Genera I
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Pilipectus Bethune-Baker

Type species: ocellatus Bethune-Baker, New Guinea.

Species of
Pilipectus have rather narrow forewings with a distinctive pattern of transverse white striae on brown and blackish brown. The veins are also picked out paler in places to give a more reticulate impression. This fine marking is reduced or absent in the large, ovate, slightly doubled, subapical indigo-blue patch that is set somewhat obliquely and touches the costa at about two thirds. There may also be smaller patches of blue at the margin. The dorsal margin usually has long scales or a dentate tuft protruding over the hindwing at about one third, and the sides of the thorax also have an array of long, stiff hair scales. The hindwings are usually medium brown, though in both sexes of the type species and males of the Bornean species they are white with a dark grey apex or border. The male antennae are ciliate. The labial palps are of the catocaline type, with a very long and slender third segment.

In the male abdomen the eighth segment is only slightly modified, with the tergite much broader than the sternite, the latter having a bilobed distal margin. The uncus is large, curved in a hook shape, and the tegumen is twice as long as the vinculum and obtusely angled on each side ventrally. The valves are narrow, tongue-like, upcurved, lacking processes. The aedeagus and vesica are small.

The female has a small ductus and bursa, unsclerotised, the latter narrowly ovate and without a signum. The ostium broadens slightly from the ductus and is situated within the eighth segment.

The genus consists of the type species, the widespread Oriental one occurring in Borneo and three further mainland Asian ones (Poole, 1989). Sugi (1996a) commented on the mainland Asian species and suggested that
P. taiwanus Wileman was distinct enough to be placed in a separate genus.

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