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Pangrapta parsimonalis Walker
Egnasia? parsimonalis Walker, [1859]1858, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 16: 224.
Zethes apicinota Hampson, 1896, Fauna Br. India, Moths, 4: 536.


Pangrapta parsimonalis

. A little bit smaller than aviusalis, parsimonalis has a more angular margin and a more sharply angled postmedial to the forewing, the latter partially forming one side of a blackish brown triangle at the costa distal to it. The posterior apex of this triangle is rounded and has a small fleck of the same colour detached from it dorsad. The hindwing postmedial has a ‘mountain range’ distal to it as in aviusalis.

Taxonomic note. Placement of this species in Pangrapta is questionable. The male genitalia have narrow valves without processes, but the uncus is not sinuous and the globular aedeagus vesica has a mass of needle-like spines. The female has the eighth segment only moderately setose over the posterior half. The ductus bursae is very long, relatively broad, expanded slightly in the centre. The corpus bursae is elongate-ovate, fluted, with a massive oval signum at two-thirds. This signum is increasingly coarsely spined towards its lateral margins. There is a spherical appendix bursae on a slender ductus from the base of the corpus bursae.

Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya to Sundaland.

Habitat preference. This is an infrequent species in forests from the lowlands to 1000m.

Biology. The species has been reared from Breonia (Rubiaceae) in the Andamans (unpublished IIE records; Robinson et al. 2001).

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