Hampson comb. n.
Nola major Hampson, 1891, Illust. typical Specimens lepid.
Heterocera Colln Br. Mus., 8: 48.
Wileman & West, 1929, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (10), 3: 190,
Meganola major sspp.
Inoue & takasago
Inoue, 1982: 666.
Diagnosis and taxonomic note. The forewing facies is similar to that of
but with the punctate fasciae much more clearly defined, and with blackish
medial and subbasal shallowly triangular patches on the costa. The hindwings
grade distinctly greyer towards the margin, and there is a grey discal mark. The
antennae are very strongly bipectinate. The male genitalia resemble somewhat
those of M.
Hampson (see above) in having a rather robust uncus, narrow, slightly curved
valves and a relatively basal harpe. The aedeagus is slender, rather bulbous
basally and with a long, narrow vesica that terminates in a single, large
cornutus. The species has been placed erroneously as a synonym of the lithosiine
Walker (see Inoue et al. (1982).
Geographical range. Indian Subregion, Taiwan, Ryukyu Is., Burma, Singapore,
Borneo, ?Java (see below), Vanuatu, New Caledonia (Holloway, 1979).
Habitat preference. Unusual for the genus, this species has been taken
uniquely on the coast near mangrove in Brunei.
Biology. The host records for Nola distributa in Java noted by
Piepers & Snellen (1904) may apply to major. One of these,
Terminalia (Combretaceae), was recorded for major in India
(unpublished IIE records).
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