Noctuidae - Psaphidinae - Triocnemidini


Triocnemidini New Genus 3

This genus contains the single species Triocnemidini New Genus 3 flagrantis (Smith). Superfically the species resembles a smaller and duller version of Triocnemidini New Genus 2 primula and in fact structurally it resembles it in many facets as well. However:

1) The eyes are not lashed from the base of the antenna, although they are from the rear margin of the eye.

2) The foretibial claw is strong with the claw proceeded proximally by a small secondary claw. The claw is continued as a knife shaped rounded ridge up the distal side of the tibia.

3) The uncus of the male genitalia is flattened, not swollen as in Triocnemidni New Genus 2.

4) The ovipositor lobes are elongate with the bottom two thirds sclerotized, probably for the insertion of eggs into flower or leaf buds. As a consequence both pairs of apophyses are far longer in this genus than in either Triocnemis or Triocnemidini New Genus 2.

5) Male genitalia with the clasper of the valve very small and a corona is absent although the apex of valve has long spines.

6) The vesica of the aedoeagus arises at right angles to the body of aedoeagus and is tubular with two roughly parallel rows of spines. The outer row of spines is stronger than the inner row; the outer row continuing to the base of vesica. The inner row spine insertions are located in a vaguely rugose area.

7) The female corpus bursae is ovate without signa or plicae visible. The appendix bursae is absent and the ductus seminalis arises from the distal end of the corpus bursae.

The larva and its foodplants is unknown.

Included species

Triocnemidini New Genus 3 flagrantis