Parasa canangoides sp. n.
This species is closely allied to P. canangae Hering (N.E.
Himalaya, Peninsular Malaysia) but somewhat larger in the male (cf 10mm).
The sexual dimorphism in canangae is only slight, the females
being much larger than the males, the brown areas of the forewing paler and the
green band more oblique. The ground colour of both wings is medium brown and the
distal margin of the green band is weakly bilobed. In the male genitalia the
valves are very much deeper over the basal half, the aedeagus is relatively half
as long again, the apical spine less curvedly contorted, simply sigmoid.
Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8.(J.D. Holloway et al.), Site
20, Mar-Apr., W. Melinau Gorge, 150m 422577 FEG 3, Kerangas, BM limacodid slide
l as holotype, slide 1028.
Habitat preference. Only five specimens have been taken in
Borneo, two from kerangas forest at 150m in the G. Mulu National Park, Sarawak,
and three from hill dipterocarp forest at around 300m in the Ulu Temburong,
Brunei (worn and therefore not included in the type series).
Biology. The host plants of canangae in the type locality,
Peninsular Malaysia, are Cananga odorata (Annonaceae) and Ricinus
(Euphorbiaceae). In the N.E. Himalaya it has been reared from Populus (Salicaceae)
(unpublished CIE records).
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