SUBFAMILY ARCTIINAE
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Areas galactina Hoeven  
   
Chelonia galactina
Hoeven, 1840, Tijdschr. natuurk. Gesch., 7: 280.
   
Numenes trigonalis Vollenhoven, 1863, Tijdschr. Ent., 6: 140.
   
Areas cana Druce, 1899, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7) 3: 234, syn. of trigonalis.
   
Pericallia galactina intermedia Rothschild, 1933, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (10), 11: 186 syn. of
         trigonalis.
   
Pericallia walshiae Roepke, 1938, Ent. Zeitschr. 52: 157, syn. of galactina.
   
Pericallia galactina trigonalis Vollenhoven; Holloway, 1976: 4; Barlow, 1982: 74.


Areas galactina

 


Diagnosis.
The insect cannot be confused with any other; the reticulate black markings of the forewings and the black spots on patagia and tegulae distinguish it from Spilosoma of the ericsoni group.

Taxonomic notes. The typical race flies in Java. Subspecies trigonalis, distinguished by a reddish hindwing, is found in Sumatra. Bornean material is perhaps best referred to ssp. intermedia Rothschild, with a more orange hindwing, described from Peninsular Malaysia. This differs slightly from the arrangement of Inoue (1984).

Geographical range. N. India and S. China to Sundaland, Philippines.

Habitat preference. The species is not common. It was taken between 1200m and 2000m on G. Kinabalu and at 1500m on the limestone G. Api in Sarawak.

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