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The rather dissimilar subfamilies Uraniinae, Microniinae and Epipleminae are firmly united by their unique dimorphic tympanal organs.


Small to large; head smooth-scaled; ocelli absent; chaetosemata present, large; antennae thickened, dentate or pectinate in male, filiform in female; proboscis present, unscaled; maxillary palps minute, 1-segmented; labial palps small, slender, upturned; epiphysis present; spurs 0-2-3 or 0-2-4; fore wing without wing-locking microtrichia, R 5 well separated from other branches of R and usually stalked with M 1 , CuP absent, 1A+2A sometimes with minute fork; hind wing with or without frenulum, and with or without tails, M 2 widely separate from M 3 , CuP absent, 1 or 2 A veins; abdomen with dimorphic paired tympanal organs situated laterally between S2 and S3 in male and at base of S2 in female (Minet 1983). Eggs of upright type. Larva with prolegs on segments 3-6 and 10, secondary setae few or absent, prothorax with 2 L setae, setae on raised pinacula, spiracles on prothorax and abdominal segment 8 much the largest; external feeder. Pupa with dense cover of fine punctures on abdomen, segments 5 and 6 movable, without dorsal spines, with pointed cremaster and divergent anal spines; in cocoon; not protruded at ecdysis.

Uraniidae images on Australian Moths Online

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