Walker comb. n.
Walker, 1866, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 35: 1674.
Walker, 1866, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 35: 1677,
Walker, 1866, Ibid. 35: 1678, syn. n.
Joannis, 1906, Ann. Soc. ent. France 75: 179, syn. n.
Fletcher, 1910, Trans. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.), 13: 287, syn. n.
Prout 1932, Novit. zool., 38: 107, syn. n.
Diagnosis. The moth is small, a purplish dark brown, with a series of regular if
somewhat sinuous fasciae on both wings, both darker than the ground (e.g. the
postmedials) and also finer, paler. The forewings are relatively narrow.
Taxonomic notes. No significant differences could be detected in facies or genitalic
characters across the range of the taxa listed, hence they are brought into
Geographical range. Borneo, Andamans, Fiji, Rotuma I., Vanuatu, New
Caledonia, Hong Kong, Ogasawara (Bonin) Is., Kenya, Mauritius, Aldabra,
Habitat preference. Only five specimens have been taken in recent
surveys, three in montane forest (900-1200m) and one in low elevation
dipterocarp forest on the limestone G. Api, and one in dry heath forest at
Telisai in the lowlands of Brunei.
Biology. Legrand (1965) noted the larva as feeding on Casuarina
in the Seychelles. The habitats recorded for the species throughout its
range usually include Casuarinaceae, e.g. coastal localities, dry heath forest,
limestone forest at altitude in Borneo, oceanic islands (with Casuarina
equisetifolia as a strand species, also widely planted in Hong Kong and
elsewhere), dry secondary forest in Fiji, and the New Caledonia localities noted
for the species by Holloway (1979).
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