SUBFAMILY HERMINIINAE
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Bertula micealis Walker comb. n.
     Bleptina micealis Walker, 1859, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 19: 874.
 

Bertula micealis
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Diagnosis.
The male labial palps are directed forwards, with the third segment angled upwards, tufted with a straw-coloured hair pencil. The antennae are slightly noded near the centre. The wings are dark, almost blackish brown, the forewings narrow with a slightly sinuous costa and oblique fasciation: sinuous, pale postmedial and submarginal fasciae; a diffuse, blackish medial fasciae. Similar fasciae occur on the hindwing. The forewing has a pale, lunulate reniform that is slightly dark-edged. See also the next species.

Taxonomic note. The type of micealis (OUMNH 1789) was not referred to by Swinhoe in his description of erectilinea (see below). Earlier (Swinhoe, 1900), he had placed micealis as a synonym of Hydrillodes lentalis Guenée, but it was retained as a good species by Poole (1989) and not associated with lentalis by Owada (1992).

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. The original material of micealis was collected by A.R. Wallace in Sarawak, probably in the lowlands. There is an old specimen from Bidi in the lowlands of Sarawak. Three specimens have been take in recent surveys from: 150m in wet heath forest on a river terrace west of the Melinau Gorge in Sarawak; in the understorey of secondary forest at about 170m near the Danum Valley Field Centre in Sabah (it appears to be generally infrequent in both pristine and disturbed forest in this area (S.J. Willott, unpublished data)); 1200m in an area of cultivation and forest fragments near Bundu Tuhan on the slopes of G. Kinabalu. G. Martin took three specimens in lowland forest of the Barito Ulu of central Kalimantan. Chey (1994) recorded it as frequent in various softwood plantations near Brumas in the lowlands of Sabah, and common in one of Pinus caribaea.

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