SUBFAMILY ARCTIINAE
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Nyctemera lacticinia Cramer  
   
Phalaena Geometra lacticinia
Cramer, 1775, Uitl. Kapellen, 2: 47.
   
Nyctemera lacticinia Cramer; Roepke, 1957: 164.


Nyctemera lacticinia


Diagnosis.
The hindwing border has an interior angle at vein CuA2 as in latistriga and baulus. The forewing has the postmedial white band somewhat broken by brown along the veins; basally white markings are restricted to a distinctive wedge along the dorsum.

Geographical range. Japan, Oriental tropics to Taiwan, Peninsular Malaysia and Borneo.

Habitat preference. No recent material has been seen, but material in the BMNH is from G. Kinabalu, G. Mulu and G. Marapok, suggesting a preference for montane localities.

Biology. The species has been recorded from Santalum (Santalaceae) in India (Browne, 1968). Moore (1882-3) described the larva as dull red with three rows of verrucae with black hair on each side; his illustration shows hair pencils directed forward from the thoracic area. The larva is illustrated on a plant of the Compositae. The pupa is also dull red.

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