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Gyrtothripa papuana Hampson
Beara papuana Hampson, 1912: 582.
semiplumbea Warren, 1914, Novit. zool., 21: 419, syn. n.


Gyrtothripa papuana

The forewings are a dark purplish grey with, in the costal half, alternating pale grey fasciated triangles and rufous brown patches, two of each, with ground colour at the very base and very apex of the wing.

Taxonomic note. Poole (1989) included papuana in Gyrtothripa; semiplumbea proves to be conspecific. The species is atypical of the genus, as discussed in the generic account, in having tymbal organs, but an undescribed species from Sulawesi (slide 17146) has facies of the same general type yet lacks tymbal organs.

Geographical range. New Guinea, Sulawesi, Borneo.

Habitat preference. The species has been recorded from a range of forest types, including heath and secondary forest, from the lowlands to 1790m.

Biology. The species has been reared from Solanum (Solanaceae) in New Guinea (unpublished IIE records).

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