Zeuzera conferta Walker
Zeuzera conferta Walker, 1856, List Specimens
lepid. Insects Colln. Br. Mus. 7:1536.
1862, J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.) 6:177, syn. n.
1933, in Seitz, Gross-Schmett. Erde 10: 812.
Toxopeus, 1948: 170; Roepke, 1957: 17; Barlow, 1982: 43.
Diagnosis. In the male the forewings have the black spots strongest on the veins
rather than between them, and there is a distinctly more opaque white zone, free
of black spots, at the end of the cell. In the female there are more typical
transverse black striae, but again a zone free of black spots at the end of the
Taxonomic notes. The holotype of conferta is female and hence has not been
associated in the past with the males on which the other names are based. Reared
series of both sexes indicate the conspecificity.
Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya, Indochina, Sundaland, Sulawesi,
Moluccas, New Guinea.
Habitat preference. The species was taken infrequently in lowland forest
during the Mulu survey. It also appears to be frequent in mangrove localities in
the Bay of Brunei.
Biology. Toxopeus (1948), recognising the distinction between
this and the next species clearly for the first time, recorded conferta from
Barringtonia (Lecythidaceae), Ochroma (balsa; Bombacaceae) and Theobroma (Sterculiaceae)
in Java. CIE records add Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae) and Sonneratia (Sonneratiaceae).
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