Hemithea melalopha Prout,
1931, Novit. zool., 36: 154.
Hemithea insularia profecta Prout,
1933, Gross-Schmett. Erde., 12: 114, syn. n.
Diagnosis. This species resembles H. insularia and H. antigrapha in
the course of the forewing postmedial but is larger with somewhat more punctate
white fasciae. Examination of the male genitalia is recommended to confirm
identification. The central process from the valve sacculus is slender, expanded
slightly distally, serrate particularly dorsally at the apex.
Taxonomic notes. The genitalia of melalopha and profecta are very
similar, but the serration distally on the slender saccular process is dorsal in
profecta, apical in melalopha. H. nigriparmata Prout (Java) and H.
subflavida Warren (New Guinea, Fergusson I.) are also related.
Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya, Peninsular Malaysia (FRIM colln), Borneo, (ssp. profecta);
Luzon, Seram (slide 12549).
Habitat preference. Both specimens seen have been from mixed dipterocarp forest in the
Ulu Temburong, Brunei, at 100m and 350m.
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