partita Walker comb. n.
Comibaena partita Walker, 1861, List Specimens lepid. Insects
Colln Br. Mus. 22: 573.
Comibuena felicitata Walker,
1861, Ibid. 22: 579.
Thalera concisiplaga Walker,
1861, Ibid. 22: 598.
Eucrostis calliptera Meyrick,
1889, Trans. R. ent. Soc. Lond. 22: 489.
Uliocnemis doddaria Oberthur,
1916, Etude. lep. comp. 12: 106.
Diagnosis. The depth and breadth of the hindwing apical brown patch, with the
white postmedial fascia in a relatively more basal position, distinguish this
species from the next two. The hindwing postmedial is more strongly angled and
the marginal tornal zone extensively suffused with white.
Geographical range. Indo-Australian tropics east to New Guinea and Queensland.
Habitat preference. Most records have been from a variety of lowland forest types,
where the species is rare. One specimen was taken at 1618m on Bukit Retak,
Biology. Bell (MS) described the larva in S. India. It has typical
Comibaeniti shape with tubercles and looped posture, head and thoracic segments
tucked ventrally, and characteristic behaviour swaying from side to side. The
body surface is granular, the colour a pinkish brown with a darker dorsal band.
The edges of the lateral tubercles are ochreous yellowish.
The larva attaches
particles of detritus to the tubercles. It feeds in the flower panicles of the
host-plant. Pupation is in a compact cocoon containing detritus.
The host-plants were Buchanania
and Mangifera (Anacardiaceae).
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