Kunugia drakei sp. n.
The male is blackish brown, the forewings with the anterior half darker in
a semicircle. The female resembles that of the allied taxon, K.
divaricata Moore comb. n. (N.E. Himalaya, China)
illustrated by Lajonquière (1978a): larger, with irregular, somewhat
falcate forewing margins, a paler brown, and four darker fasciae, the
outer ones arranged in a rough, oblique 'V' that encloses the two more
weakly defined inner ones. In the female of drakei the zones between
fasciae are rich rufous, the basal zone dull rufous, the rest brown; the
outer element of the postmedial is more oblique than in drakei. The males
of the two species and of K. magellani Lajonquière comb. n.
(Mindanao) are not readily separable on external characters but the male
genitalia indicate drakei to be closer to magellani with single, rather
than bifid, valves and cubile arms. They differ from those of magellani in
having the aedeagus deeper with a more falcate, obtuse apical spur, and
shorter, broader, valves that are curved rather than straight.
300m, Ulu Temburong, rainforest, 20 Feb. 1982 (Lt. Col. M.G. Allen) BM
lasiocampid slide 1026.
1618m Bukit Retak, montane forest, 1979 (Lt. Col M.G. Allen); 3
Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway et al.), Sites
14 (G. Mulu lower montane forest), 18 (alluvial forest) and 25 (G. Api
lower montane forest); 1
BORNEO: Samarinda, xii. 1938 (M. E. Walsh).
Taxonomic notes. The placement of the three species referred to above in
Kunugia is discussed in the generic account.
Geographical range. Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Palawan
(referred to magellani by Lajonquière).
Habitat preference. The material listed has been taken in both lowland and
lower montane forest (including that on limestone), more frequently in the
latter. Two specimens have been taken in upper montane forest.
Biology. The only female, from the Cameron Highlands in Peninsular
Malaysia, was reared from Cupressus (Cupressaceae). This host-plant is
also given by Yunus & Ho (1980; as divaricata).
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