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“Aiteta” deminutiva Warren
Aiteta deminutiva Warren, 1916, Novit. zool., 23: 221.
Aiteta deminutiva Warren; Kobes, 1997: 167.


"Aiteta" deminutiva

This is a very much smaller species than its congeners, the forewings a dull olive brown, finely speckled with grey except where two fine, irregular fasciae of pure ground colour cross. There is also a submarginal row of black flecks that becomes more distant from the margin towards the apex.

Taxonomic note. The species is misplaced in Aiteta and is not even a careine, lacking the tymbal organs of the group and the larval characters. It is a nolid, having a saccular shield in the male genitalia, though the uncus is represented by a pair of divergent socii flanking the anal tube, the valve has an unusual flange more distally on the valve sacculus, and the aedeagus vesica is extensively ornamented with short, robust spines. The female has narrow, elongate ovipositor lobes, but the species is probably not a sarrothripine; it lacks the signum typical of Aiteta, having just a distal patch of scobination. No more satisfactory placement could be found.

Geographical range. Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi to Solomons.

Habitat preference. Seven specimens have been taken in recent surveys, six from lowland dipterocarp and alluvial forests, and one from montane forest at 1618m on Bukit Retak, Brunei. Also, Chey (1994) collected several specimens in his survey of plantation and secondary forests in the lowlands of Sabah, most from a Pinus caribaea plantation.

Biology. The larva was reared in the Solomons by Bigger (1988). He noted and illustrated in a line drawing that it lacked the swollen thorax of congeners. The larvae fed colonially under a web on the upper leaf surface of the large leaves of Octomeles (Datiscaceae), more than one colony often occurring on the same leaf.

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