Selepa plumbeata Hampson, 1912: 299.
Diagnosis. The species is greyer, darker than celtis and has the
forewing submarginal closer to the margin and less regular. The postmedial
follows a similar rather squarish course, with an acute flexure at the
right-angled change of course one-third subdorsally. There is a paler grey zone
associated with the loop of the postmedial, and a grey triangle with a darker
central zone at the centre of the costa just distal to the antemedial, which is
fine, dark, somewhat obscure, irregular but evenly curved across the wing.
Bornean specimens are more variegated than typical Indian Subregion material.
The male genitalia have the saccular processes distinctly shorter than the
valves (reaching the apex in celtis and discigera Walker). The
female has a pyriform bursa without signa or scobination, and the sclerotised
basal portion of the ductus lacks the transverse pleat near its distal end that
occurs in celtis and discigera.
Geographical range. Sri Lanka, India, Borneo (slide 17126).
Habitat preference. The three specimens seen are a female from Bidi in the
lowlands of Sarawak, a male from the edge of mangrove at Kampong Kapok on the
coast of Brunei, and another male from Rampangi in Sarawak.
Biology. The second male was reared from Anacardium (cashew;
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