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Nycteola mesoplaga Hampson
Sarrothripa mesoplaga Hampson, 1905, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7), 16: 584.


Nycteola mesoplaga

This species and the next (previously placed in Symitha) have a rather similar forewing pattern with a dark subbasal bar and central triangle on the costa amid otherwise irregularly transverse dark grey fasciation on a pale grey ground. The subbasal bar in mesoplaga is well basal to the antemedial, which is transverse, rather than longer and more oblique around the antemedial. Also, mesoplaga is much larger, and has grey shading between the fasciae broadly along the dorsum.

Geographical range. Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sulawesi, India.

Habitat preference. Two specimens were taken during the Mulu survey, from lower montane forest at 900m on the limestone G. Api and from upper montane forest at 1780m on G. Mulu.

Biology. Yunus & Ho (1980) recorded Eugenia (Myrtaceae) as a host in Peninsular Malaysia.

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