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Maxates veninotata Warren comb. n.
Thalerura veninotata Warren, 1894, Novit. zool., 1: 678.

Maxates veninotata

The hindwing tail is acute, with a fine, even, red line along the margins of both wings. The postmedials are faint, irregular whitish.

Taxonomic notes. The species is related to M. acutissima Walker comb. n. (Sri Lanka) and M. goniaria Felder & Rogenhofer comb. n. (India - possibly a junior synonym of immacularia Fabricius), but has the valves of the male genitalia more elongate, the process of the sacculus narrower, more uniform in width.

Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya, Borneo.

Habitat preference. The four specimens seen were taken in hill dipterocarp forest at 150m on G. Mulu.

Biology. Singh (1953) described the larva of the related M. goniaria in India. The head is granular, the vertex strongly bifid. The body is slender, cylindrical, also granular. He noted three colour forms: reddish brown with dorsal whitish and fuscous patches of granules; pale yellow with dorsal whitish granules; pale yellowish green, somewhat fuscous dorsally, a reddish brown dorsal stripe along the abdominal segments, with a patch of whitish granules dorsally at the rear of each segment.

The first was noted from Anogeissus (Combretaceae), the second from Eugenia (Myrtaceae) and the third from Terminalia (Combretaceae) and Shorea (Dipterocarpaceae). Possibly more than one species was involved.

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