Miscellaneous Genera I
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Bamra Moore

Type species discalis Moore = albicola Walker.

All species share a black, grey and white facies, the forewings extensively fasciated and marbled, and the hindwings white with grey borders, often extending inwards on the veins. The male antennae are fasciculate, and the legs, particularly the tibia, may be tufted. The labial palps are of the catocaline type but relatively short. The clypeofrons is scaleless centrally but this area is partially obscured by scales from each side, leaving a vertical strip uncovered.

The male abdomen of the type species has the eighth segment only slightly modified. There are short apodemes on the tergite, and the distal margin of the sternite is very slightly notched. The genitalia have the uncus complex, apically trifid, and with a slender spine more basally. The valves have a massive, irregularly lobed process that traverses them from the apex of the sacculus to near the base of the costa. The portion of the valve distal to this is ovate and finely crinkled transversely. The juxta is of the inverted ‘V’ type but broadens considerably on each side just dorsal to the junction with the sacculus. The aedeagus vesica has a slender diverticulum without ornament, with the broad ductus ejaculatorius arising basally from it when everted.

In the female, the ovipositor lobes are unusually kidney-shaped and invested with a variety of setal types, varying in robustness and length, these being segregated to some extent in patches of the same type on the distal part of each lobe. The eighth segment is very short as, to a lesser degree, is the seventh. The ostium is situated at the posterior of the seventh sternite, and is flanked in the type species by a pair of small semicircular lobes from the margin of the sternite, with another shallower one posteriorly. The ductus is sclerotised to the point where the ductus seminalis arises, and then a more membranous, corrugated tube extends over a longer section to an irregularly shaped and densely scobinate corpus bursae. The ductus is much shorter and unsclerotised in the Indian
B. mundata Walker.

Gardner (1947) described the larva of the Indian species, B. mundata Walker. The head is granulate. The prolegs of A3 are strongly reduced. The developed ones bear four external setae as in the Erebini, Hypopyrini and Thalatta Walker. A8 is tumid dorsally, with the setae on rounded tubercles. The colour is dull brownish grey or green, sometimes with dark mottling. The more dorsal setae usually arise from reddish spots. Hampson (1893: 109) noted a pair of yellowish spots on each segment flanking a narrow dorsal band. He stated that the larva spins a small, pale cocoon amongst grass and dead leaves, and, when preparing to pupate, secretes a whitish powder from the ventral area. The host plants are Albizia and (Robinson et al., 2001) Arachis in the Leguminosae.

There are several species in Africa and mainland Asia (Poole, 1989), but only the type species extends into Sundaland.

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