SUBFAMILY BLENINAE
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Blenina lichenosa Moore
Blenina lichenosa Moore, 1877, Proc. zool. Soc. Lond., 1877: 607.
Blenina variegata Moore, 1881,
new Indian lepid. Insects Colln W.S. Atkinson: 157.
Blenina lichenosa ab. borneonis Strand, 1917, Arch. Naturgesch., 82 (A1): 87.
Blenina lichenosa ab. lichenosella Strand, 1917, Arch. Naturgesch., 82 (A1): 87.
Blenina lichenosa ab. lichenosula Strand, 1917, Arch. Naturgesch., 82 (A1): 87.
Blenina lichenosa borneonis Gaede, lichenosella Gaede and lichenosula Gaede, 1937, Gross-Schmett. Erde, 11: 408.

 


Blenina lichenosa


Blenina lichenosa


Diagnosis.
The first three species treated here have similar, variegated, mostly green and grey forewings and dark blackish brown hindwings with an incomplete, sinuous medial band of dark yellow. The first two are of similar size, but lichenosa is on average greyer in the forewing. The two can be distinguished best on the underside, where lichenosa has a broader (2mm or more) and more strongly curved black medial fascia on the hindwing.

Taxonomic note. Typical Andamans material and material from New Guinea has a distinctly orange tone to the hindwing ground colour, particularly on the underside. This is much darker in material from mainland Asia and Sundaland.

Geographical range. Oriental tropics east to Sundaland, also New Guinea.

Habitat preference. The species occurs frequently in forests from sea-level to about 2000m.

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