SUBFAMILY BLENINAE
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Blenina quinaria Moore
Blenina quinaria Moore, 1881, Descr. new Indian lepid. Insects Colln W.S. Atkinson: 158.
Blenina quinaria ab.
aperta Warren, 1913, Gross-Schmett. Erde, 3: 292-293.
Blenina quinaria ab.
irrorata Warren, 1913, Gross-Schmett. Erde, 3: 293.
Blenina quinaria ab.
nigrosignata Warren, 1913, Gross-Schmett. Erde, 3: 293.
Blenina quinaria ab.
rufitincta Warren, 1913, Gross-Schmett. Erde, 3: 293.
Blenina quinaria ab.
semipallens Warren, 1913, Gross-Schmett. Erde, 3: 293.
Blenina quinaria Moore; Holloway, 1976: 21.

 


Blenina quinaria


Diagnosis.
This is a generally grey insect, even the hindwings being pale fawnish grey with a darker border. Many specimens have an oblique black streak through the discal zone of the forewing, usually interrupted near the black discal spot. The underside is paler fawn, all wings with dark grey medial fasciae (narrow) and borders (broad).

Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya, W. China, Vietnam (Zilli, 1999), Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Philippines.

Habitat preference. The species ranges widely, but never in abundance, from the lowlands to 2600m.

Biology. Gardner (1948a) gave details of the larva, particularly chaetotaxy. The colour is apple green, the body with yellow stripes that are bordered by fine red lines. T2 is slightly tumid dorsally, with a transverse row of six thick black circles each centred by a seta on a white dot.

The host-plant was Pterocarya (Juglandaceae).

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