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Laelia suffusa Walker  
   
Ricine suffusa Walker, 1855, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 4: 824.
   
Prorodeca angulifera Walker, 1855, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 4: 919.


Laelia suffusa


Laelia suffusa
(Peninsular Malaysia)


Diagnosis. L. suffusa
is paler and more uniform (though some specimens have slightly darker longitudinal streaking) than any of the Pantana Walker species described next. In addition, the male has a curved row of black flecks on the forewing in the spaces more or less half way between the end of the cell and the margin. When darker spots occur in Pantana, they are more diffuse and are adjacent to the cell.

Geographical range. Sundaland, Philippines, Sulawesi.

Habitat preference. All Bornean specimens seen are from Kuching in the lowlands of Sarawak. No material has been taken in recent surveys.

Biology. Kalshoven (1981) described the larva as dark green with two subdorsal yellow stripes and pinkish white sublaterals. The four orgyiine brushes are red- brown, and there are black hair pencils flanking the head and dorsally on A8.

The green-banded eggs are laid in rows on the host-plants. These are various grasses, Oryza and Saccharum (Gramineae).

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