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A medium-size (3.6-4.0 cm wingspan) dark purplish-brown moth with a contrasting pale yellow streak running from the wing base before fading out just beyond the prominent pale yellow reniform spot. A jet-black basal streak runs below the yellow streak and incorporates the black claviform spot. The area between the pale streak and the costa is filled with black scales before, between and just beyond the orbicular and reniform. The costa is only very slightly paler than the wing ground except in some worn specimens, and the terminal third of the wing smooth and without any pattern except for a few pale scales indicating a subterminal line. The hindwings are mostly sooty brown, somewhat lighter in the basal half in males and darker in females. The similar Feltia jaculifera is paler, more patterned and has a contrasting pale yellow or buff costa.


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