1890, Dt. ent. Zeit., Iris, 3: 3.
specimen labelled "Origin" "Tascina Westw. metallica
Pagenst". "Palawan 88 Platen" is hereby
designated LECTOTYPE. In MNHU, Berlin, with one
paralectotype. The in BMNH is
also of the same provenance and collector, and may therefore be the third
specimen referred to in the original description.
Diagnosis. The combination of robust build, clubbed antennae, a frenulum and
striking facies (oblique white bar on black forewing, broad blue dorsum (male)
or medial zone to black hindwing (female)) render this moth unmistakable. The
dorsal part of the abdomen is also blue. The hindwing underside is rufous brown,
duller in the female, with a hint of blue along the dorsum.
Geographical range. Borneo, Palawan.
Habitat preference. The only specimens from Borneo, both males, were
taken on the Matang Road in Sarawak and on Pulo Laut in Kalimantan in the early
part of this century. It is probably a lowland species.
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