purpurea Hampson comb. rev.
Lophophleps purpurea Hampson,
1891, Illustr. typical Specimens Lep. Het. Colln. Br. Mus.,
Diagnosis. All three Bornean species have forewing facies with dull yellow and
purple-grey banding. The male of purpurea has a more broadly yellowish
costal zone to the hindwing, though the anal angle is less produced than in the
other two: there is a fringe of scales on the underside of the forewing. The
females are similar to those of triangularis Hampson but a darker purple
with more definite yellow fasciation.
Geographical range. Sri Lanka, India, Taiwan, Andamans, Peninsular
Habitat preference. All specimens have been from various lowland forest
types, the highest record being from 500m.
Biology. The species has been reared from Shorea (Dipterocarpaceae) fruits
in Peninsular Malaysia (R. Toy, pers. comm.).
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