PhavaraeaJames S. Miller and Andrew V. Z. Brower
A neotropical genus containing the largest members of Josiini. Life history is unrecorded, but the group's close relationship to Getta and Polyptychia suggests that its larvae feed on Passiflora (Astrophea).
Male hindwings of Phavaraea spp., along with those of Polyptychia, exhibit a fold near the anal margin containing a flamboyant tuft of androconial scales. Unlike Polyptychia, however, members of Phavaraea possess "typical" (plesiomorphic) forewing venation (Miller 2009).
Miller, JS. 2009. Generic revision of the Dioptinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Notodontidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 321, 1-971 + 48 plates.
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Miller, James S. and Andrew V. Z. Brower. 2009. Phavaraea http://tolweb.org/Phavaraea/138579/2009.08.12 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Version 12 August 2009 (under construction).