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Zeuzera coffeae Nietner  
   
Zeuzera coffeae Nietner, 1861,Enemies of Coffee Tree: 21.
   
Zeuzera oblita Swinhoe, 1890, Trans. ent. Soc. Lond., 1890: 198.
   
Zeuzera coffeae Nietner; Holloway, 1976: 88.


Zeuzera coffeae


Zeuzera coffeae


Diagnosis.
Both wings in the male have the spaces between the veins filled with a regular array of fine but rather weak black striae. In the female the striae are more definite, more regular than in conferta, but do not extend right up to the veins in each space; there is a characteristic large black spot in the forewing cell. In the male genitalia the valve has a gentle subbasal constriction not seen in conferta which has the valve and uncus shorter.

Geographical range. Oriental Region, Moluccas, New Guinea.

Habitat preference. This species has not been encountered to any great extent in natural forest and may be commonest in secondary and disturbed forest and agricultural ecosystems.

Biology. Arora (1976) reviewed the literature on the host-plants of coffeae and noted it from the following families and genera:

Casuarinaceae: Casuarina.
Erythroxylaceae: Erythroxylum.
Euphorbiaceae: Acalypha, Phyllanthus.
Flacourtiaceae: Doryalis, Hydnocarpus.
Lauraceae: Anona, Cinnamomum, Persea, Phoebe.
Leguminosae: Amherstia, Cassia, Pericopsis, Xylia.
Malvaceae: Gossypium, Hibiscus.
Meliaceae: Cedrela, Chukrasia, Melia, Swietenia.
Myrtaceae: Psidium.
Proteaceae: Grevillea.
Rosaceae: Crataegus, Eriobotrya.
Rubiaceae: Coffea
Rutaceae: Citrus.
Santalaceae: Santalum.
Sapindaceae: Filicium, Nephelium, Schleichera.
Solanaceae: Cestrum.
Sterculiaceae: Theobroma.
Taxodiaceae: Cryptomeria.
Theaceae: Camellia.
Verbenaceae: Clerodendrum, Lantana, Tectona, Vitex.

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