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Udea pantheropa

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Crambidae
Genus: Udea
Species: U. pantheropa
Binomial name: Udea pantheropa
Synonyms: Mecyna pantheropa

Udea pantheropa is a moth found in the Chatham Islands, New Zealand. It has a wingspan of 25-26 mm. The forewings are orange, variably mixed with reddish-fuscous or dark fuscous, especially on the veins and some specimens are wholly suffused with fuscous. The extreme costal edge is sometimes whitish in the middle. The markings are reddish-brown, mixed or suffused with dark grey and there is a suffusion along the basal part of the costa, sometimes extending basally to the dorsum. The first line is irregularly curved and the second denticulate, forming a strong sub quadrate loop inwards below the middle, the space between them wholly suffused with dark except along the costa and on a band preceding the upper half of the second line. Sometimes, there is a sharply defined irregular transverse or rhomboidal clear white discal spot at the middle. There is a moderate terminal fascia, suffusedly projecting inwards opposite the loop of the second line. The hindwings are whitish-yellowish, becoming whitish towards the costa. The dorsal area is suffused with grey and there are two dark grey discal dots very obliquely placed. Sometimes, there is a grey postmedian line. The terminal fascia is suffused dark grey, sometimes very narrow or obsolete except at the apex and there is a terminal series of dark grey dots. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org