Type species: bajularia Denis & Schiffermüller =
Synonyms: Chlorochaeta Warren (type species longipennis
Warren, Nigeria); Colutoceras Warren (type species diluta Warren,
Japan); Phorodesma Boisduval (type species bajularia);
Probolosceles Warren (type species biplaga Walker); Uliocnemis Warren
(type species cassidara Guenée) syn. n.
This and the next three genera represent the Comibaeniti in
Borneo, and share the general characters noted on (Geometrini). The male antennae are
Species of Comibaena have brown patches at the
forewing tornus and hindwing apex as in Rhomboristiti, though in some, including
the type species, these are associated with submarginal and marginal white
markings, a feature in common with Protuliocnemis Gen. n. below.
There is usually a black discal spot on the hindwing.
The best diagnostic features for Comibaeniti genera appear
to be in the male and female genitalia. Comibaena is here characterised
by the presence of a bifid uncus with strong socii, giving a quadrifid uncal
structure, a weak, ribbon-like gnathus, a variably sclerotised and ornamented
valve costa (seen in other Comibaeniti genera), and modification in many cases
to the eighth sternite. In the female there is usually a sclerotised postvaginal
larva is generally shaped and behaves as described below. Specific accounts for C.
cassidara and species related to C. biplaga Walker are presented
below. Japanese species are recorded as feeding on numerous plant families
(Nakajima & Sato, 1979), and several larvae are illustrated in Sugi (1987).
The genus is found
widely in the Old World, including temperate latitudes, but is perhaps most
diverse in the Oriental Region.
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