Leucoma sericea Moore
1879, Descr. new Indian lepid. Insects Colln W.S. Atkinson: 45.
1916, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (8), 17: 382.
sericea horridula Collenette,
1914, Stylops, 3:114.
1947, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (11), 14: 5, syn. n.
sericea tafa Collenette,
1951, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (12), 4:1026.
Holloway, 1976: 43.
sensu Schintlmeister, 1994: 120.
Diagnosis. This is the smaller of the two montane species. The fringes of the eyes
and upper surfaces of the labial palps and forelegs are black. In all other
Bornean Leucoma they are orange-red.
Taxonomic notes. All the taxa included in synonymy above have a similar type of male
genitalia, with a large process from the costa on the right valve and also a
small one on the left. This right process is straight in typical sericea, curled
and convolute in Bornean material, intermediate between the first two in
Sulawesi and slightly curved on a more sickle-shaped valve in New Guinea. True "Euproctis”
virgo Swinhoe (Burma) is in the group that includes wilemani Collenette
Geographical range. India; W. China (ssp. horridula); Borneo;
Sulawesi (ssp. loda); New Guinea (ssp. avolaensis = tafa).
Habitat preference. The species is infrequent on G. Kinabalu from 1050m
Biology. The larva has been recorded as feeding on Juglans (Juglandaceae)
in Kashmir (unpublished IIE records).
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