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Selepa plumbeata Hampson
Selepa plumbeata Hampson, 1912: 299.

 


Selepa plumbeata


Diagnosis.
The species is greyer, darker than celtis and has the forewing submarginal closer to the margin and less regular. The postmedial follows a similar rather squarish course, with an acute flexure at the right-angled change of course one-third subdorsally. There is a paler grey zone associated with the loop of the postmedial, and a grey triangle with a darker central zone at the centre of the costa just distal to the antemedial, which is fine, dark, somewhat obscure, irregular but evenly curved across the wing. Bornean specimens are more variegated than typical Indian Subregion material. The male genitalia have the saccular processes distinctly shorter than the valves (reaching the apex in celtis and discigera Walker). The female has a pyriform bursa without signa or scobination, and the sclerotised basal portion of the ductus lacks the transverse pleat near its distal end that occurs in celtis and discigera.

Geographical range. Sri Lanka, India, Borneo (slide 17126).

Habitat preference. The three specimens seen are a female from Bidi in the lowlands of Sarawak, a male from the edge of mangrove at Kampong Kapok on the coast of Brunei, and another male from Rampangi in Sarawak.

Biology. The second male was reared from Anacardium (cashew; Anacardiaceae).

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