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Nola mesosticta Hampson
Neonola mesosticta Hampson, 1900, Cat. Lepid. Phalaenae Br. Mus., 2: 4.
celidota Wileman & West, 1928, Entomologist, 61: 205, syn. n.


Nola mesosticta

Diagnosis and taxonomic note.
The forewings vary from pale to medium grey, darker marginally distal to an obtusely angled, fine blackish postmedial. Fasciation basal to this is sparse, but there are two patches of raised dark scales, one on the costa at one-third, the other just basal and interior to it, with the antemedial, similar to the postmedial, running from the space between the patches transversely to the dorsum. The male genitalia have the arms of the valves long, the dorsal one rather paddle-shaped but narrow, and with a basal setose lobe; the harpe of the ventral arm is distinctly slender and sinuous. The saccus margin is somewhat tridentate. These features are all seen in
celidota, which is therefore brought into synonymy.

Geographical range. Borneo, Singapore, Indian Subregion, Philippines, Seram (slide 14406), New Guinea.

Habitat preference. The species is frequent and has been taken from the lowlands to 1790m. It is perhaps commoner in the lowlands.

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