biplagiata Moore comb. n.
Comibaena biplagiata Moore,
1887, Lepid. Ceylon 3: 435.
Uliocnemis elegans Warren,
1899, Novit. zool. 6: 28.
Uliocnemis subornataria Rothschild,
1915, Novit. zool. 22: 219.
Uliocnemis elegans unidentata Prout,
1916, Novit. zool. 23: 204.
Uliocnemis coramicaria Oberthür,
U. rookaria Oberthür, 1916, Etude lep. comp. 12:106.
Uliocnemis elegans negligens
Prout, 1925, Novit. zool. 32: 32.
Uliocnemis biplagiata reducta
Holloway, 1979: 283.
Diagnosis. In facies and genitalia this and P.
castalaria Oberthür are virtually indistinguishable. They have the brown
marginal markings narrower than in partita and lacking the white apical
inclusion on the hindwing apex seen in helpsi. They are also smaller. The
two can only reliably be separated on a character of the hind tibia: there are
four spurs in biplagiata but only two in P. castalaria (Prout,
1933, Gross-Schmett. Erde 12: 88). P. castalaria occurs in Bali (ssp.
lepturges Prout) and might be present in Borneo. Unfortunately the
specimens from Bundu Tuhan (see below) have lost their hind legs.
Geographical range. Indo-Australian tropics east to New
Caledonia, but not Solomons and Vanuatu (P. woodfordi Warren comb. n.).
Habitat preference. Most records are from lowland forest,
including several from dry heath forest at Telisai in Brunei, but two were taken
in a cultivated area at 1200m on the slopes of G. Kinabalu (Bundu Tuhan) and one
from 1618m on Bukit Retak, Brunei.
Biology. Prout (1933 as above) described the larva
as yellowish drab with paired fleshy processes on the body segments to which are
attached fragments of vegetable detritus. A host-plant recorded in New Guinea
was Acacia (Leguminosae), the larva being a defoliator (unpublished IIE
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