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Lobobasis niveimaculata Hampson
Lobobasis niveimaculata Hampson, 1896, Fauna Br. India, Moths, 4: 498.

Lobobasis niveimaculata
(x 1.73)

Fig.6e: Lobobasis niveimaculata

The forewing facies is sexually dimorphic and distinctive. The forewing is mostly purplish red with a yellow apical area. There is a white spot basally and a white spot at the centre of the dorsum. A similar yellowish white one on the costa of the female is obscured in the male by dense rufous scaling.

Taxonomic note. There is some variation in facies through the range of this species, particularly in the development and shape of the white triangles at the centre of the wing, but no genitalic differences were noted.

Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya, Sundaland, and east to Queensland and the Solomon Is.

Habitat preference. The species is frequent in lower montane forest and extends more weakly to upper montane forest over an altitude range of 900m to 1790m. It also occurs infrequently in various types of lowland forest.

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