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Lymantria lepcha Moore 
    Porthetria lepcha
Moore, 1879, Descr. new Indian lepid. Insects Colln W.S Atkinson: 54.
    Barhona carneola
Moore, 1879, Descr. new Indian lepid. Insects Colln W.S. Atkinson: 56.
    Lymantria galinara
Swinhoe, 1903, Trans. ent. Soc. London, 1903: 490.

Lymantria lepcha

Lymantria lepcha (Sumatra)

Of the sequence of entirely creamy-white ground-coloured species that follow, this is the largest, the male forewing with rather more strongly arcuate and transverse fasciation, concentrated particularly just distal to the cell. The angle of the discal mark is rather shallow, and the marginal black marks are transversely linear rather than punctate or longitudinally linear. The female is immaculate apart from the discal mark and a pinkish suffusion towards the base of the hindwing.

Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya; Sundaland (ssp. galinara).

Habitat preference.
The species is of similar frequency and distribution to narindra, the highest record being from 1670m on Bukit Pagon, Brunei.

Biology. There are host-plant records (Browne, 1968; unpublished IIE records) from Shorea (Dipterocarpaceae) and Sonneratia (Sonneratiaceae).

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