FOREWORD

This monograph is the first in a series planned on the Bornean 'macrolepidoptera' superfamilies Cossoidea, Zygaenoidea, Bombycoidea (including Sphingidae), Noctuoidea, Geometroidea, Calliduloidea and Castnioidea. Parts will appear over the next five or so years as regularly as the vagaries of life permit.

The author is in frequent communication with the Heterocera Sumatrana team organised by Dr E.W. Diehl and the two series of publications should complement each other to provide, for the first time, fully illustrated reference work to a  large proportion of the very rich South East Asian and Sundanian macrolepidoptera fauna.

The series will be based on a large amount of recently collected material that will give some indication of habitat preference for the species concerned. Data on early stages and host-plants will be collated and reviewed.

Literature on the Oriental fauna is voluminous but often without illustrations and with poor, superficial descriptions. Synonymy presented often proves to be erroneous. Generic placements and higher classification are often found to be similarly superficial on close examination. This problem is dealt with more fully in the author's introduction to his Taxonomic Appendix to H.S. Barlow's An Introduction to the Moths of South East Asia. This series on the moths of Borneo is seen as an opportunity to establish a fresh, more stable foundation for the study of the Indo-Australian tropical macrolepidoptera, an opportunity facilitated by access to the wealth of historical material held in the British Museum (Natural History) and other European Museum. The centralisation of this material is a boon for the comparative studies necessary to provide the stable foundation just referred to.

The reader must be prepared, however, for major changes to previously accepted generic, or even subfamilial placements. For example, in work in preparation on the euteliine Noctuidae, few of the thirty or more species currently placed in Eutelia and Phlegetonia in South East Asia will remain there, and all Bornean species will be transferred to other genera.

As the series is completed it may be revised and reissued in three or four bound volumes as a complete reference work. A field guide incorporating the colour plates it also being considered

London,
1983


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