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Scopula actuaria Walker
Acidalia actuaria Walker, 1861, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 22: 752.
Ptychopoda nigranalis Warren, 1896, Novit. zool., 3: 378.
Craspedia parumnotata Warren, 1896, Ibid., 3: 378.
Scopula actuaria sheljuzhkoi Wiltshire, 1967, Breit. Naturk. Forsch. S. W. Dtl. 26: 144.

Scopula actuaria
(x 1.16)

Diagnosis. See Scopula inficita Walker.

Taxonomic notes. Cerata lengths show wide variation (see Fig 193). S. heba Prout (New Guinea to Solomons) is closely related.

Geographical range. Oriental tropics to Taiwan, Afghanistan (ssp. sheljuzhkoi) and Timor (ssp. nigranalis), S. Moluccas. Also from the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

Habitat preference. Bornean material seen is from Tenom in the lowlands of Sabah, and several specimens were taken in cocoa plantations at Tuaran in 1997.

Biology. Yunus & Ho (1980) recorded this species as feeding on Theobroma (cocoa, Sterculiaceae).

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