Parasinga lichenina Butler
1880, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5) 7: 67; Kiriakoff 1968: 128.
1930: 629, syn. n.; Kiriakoff, 1968: 121.
Roepke, 1951, Mitt. Schweiz. ent. Ges. 24: 378, a homonym replaced by
roepkei Nakamura, 1960,
Trans. Lep. Soc. Japan 11: 37, syn. n.;
Kiriakoff, 1968: 122.
1977: 34; the illustration of the genitalia suggests conspecificity
Diagnosis. This is the largest species in its genus, varying from an almost uniform
greyish blue-green male forewing to one that is broadly banded with brown
(illustrated). The females vary along similar lines but are usually also more
finely fasciated. In the male genitalia the dense pubescence on the interior
margin of the rather broad valves is diagnostic.
Taxonomic note. The holotypes of the first two synonyms and a colour slide of that of
the third were examined, but examination of bicolor was not possible,
except in the original description. The variability of the species is probably
the cause of its frequent description; the allotype of Quadricalcarifera
eusebia Kiriakoff (1974: 389) is probably a female of lichenina.
Geographical range. Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Bali, Sulawesi.
Habitat preference. The insect is never more than infrequent but has been
taken in a range of habitats from the lowlands to 1700 m.
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