SUBFAMILY ARCTIINAE
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Utetheisa abraxoides Walker comb. n.  
   
Nyctemera abraxotides
Walker, 1862, J. Linn. Soc. Lond. (Zool.), 6: 93.
   
Nyctemera abraxoides Walker; Holloway, 1976: 6.


Utetheisa abraxoides

Utetheisa abraxoides


Diagnosis.
The hindwing has a very irregular, broken, dark border. The fore-wing has strong postmedial white bar, and a medial bar, basal streak and submarginal patches in white are variably present. The abdomen is grey without dark markings dorsally.

Taxonomic notes. The species is allied to N. selecta Walker, ranging from the Philippines eastwards to Sulawesi. It varies in the extent of the white areas on the forewing, material from Kinabalu having this rather reduced compared to the type material and that from Bidi and the Mulu area.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. On G. Kinabalu abraxoides is common from 1000m to 2000m and noted infrequently above that. It has been taken in upper montane forest on Bukit Pagon and Bukit Retak in Brunei, and at all altitudes on G. Api in the G. Mulu National Park.

The species flies by day and also comes to light at night.

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