pallinflexa sp. n.
9-10mm. The forewing facies is similar to
that of B. inflexa Moore comb. rev. (N.E. Himalaya), with
longitudinal red streaking crossed by grey fasciae on an orange-yellow ground, but the ground
colour is paler, the red less extensive, and the grey fasciae more conspicuous.
The antemedial and subbasal together form an ‘X’ (more parallel for much of
their course in inflexa), the
posterior part of the antemedial extending through the postmedial to the tornus.
There is a semicircular grey line around the apex that is absent in inflexa,
and also a prominent dark discal dot. The hindwings are pale orange-pink in inflexa, paler yellow in
pallinflexa. The male genitalia lack the massive, disc-like development of
the base of the uncus of inflexa, and
have the valve apex deeply cleft rather than rounded.
SARAWAK: Gunong Mulu Nat. Park, R.G.S. Exped. 1977-8 (J.D. Holloway
et al.), Site 20, Mar.-Apr., W. Melinau Gorge, 150m. 422577, FEG 3, kerangas, BM arctiid slide 4750.
holotype; 4, 1 general data as holotype but Sites 8, 9 (Camp 1,
Mulu, 140m, 150m,
mixed dipt. for.), 23 and 24 (W. Melinau Gorge, 250m, 270m, FEG 4, forest on
limestone); 1 SABAH: Poring, 1800ft., E. of Mt.
Kinabalu, 20-23.i.1976 (E. W. Classey); 1 MALAYSIA:
Sabah, Danum Valley, 170m, 4º68’N, 117º48’E (S.J. Willott) 1º
understorey 1U, Obs. Tower, DVFC, 29.iii.94.
Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra.
records are from lowland forest, including heath forest.
Lewvanich (1993) noted a member of this species group (as Miltochrista sp.) as feeding on Citrus
(Rutaceae) as a larva.
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