FAMILY NOTODONTIDAE
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Parasinga Kiriakoff

Parasinga lichenina Butler  
   
Somera lichenina Butler, 1880, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5) 7: 67; Kiriakoff 1968: 128.
   
Desmeocraera triangulum Gaede, 1930: 629, syn. n.; Kiriakoff, 1968: 121.
   
Stauropus (?) grisescens Roepke, 1951, Mitt. Schweiz. ent. Ges. 24: 378, a homonym replaced by
        roepkei Nakamura, 1960,
    Trans. Lep. Soc. Japan
11: 37, syn. n.; Kiriakoff, 1968: 122.
    
Parasinga bicolor Kiriakoff, 1977: 34; the illustration of the genitalia suggests conspecificity
       with lichenina.


Parasinga lichenina


Parasinga lichenina


Parasinga lichenina


Parasinga lichenina


Diagnosis.
This is the largest species in its genus, varying from an almost uniform greyish blue-green male forewing to one that is broadly banded with brown (illustrated). The females vary along similar lines but are usually also more finely fasciated. In the male genitalia the dense pubescence on the interior margin of the rather broad valves is diagnostic.

Taxonomic note. The holotypes of the first two synonyms and a colour slide of that of the third were examined, but examination of bicolor was not possible, except in the original description. The variability of the species is probably the cause of its frequent description; the allotype of Quadricalcarifera eusebia Kiriakoff (1974: 389) is probably a female of lichenina.

Geographical range. Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali, Sulawesi.

Habitat preference. The insect is never more than infrequent but has been taken in a range of habitats from the lowlands to 1700 m.

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