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Lymantria ganara Moore
Lymantria ganara
Moore, [1860] 1858-9, Cat. Lepid. Insects Mus. E. Ind. Co., 2: 344.

Lymantria ganara

Lymantria ganara

Males are very lightly and evenly fasciated, and the hindwing has a distinctive blunt central angle to the margin. Both forewing and hindwing margins are similarly punctate with black. The female has a rather acute forewing apex and a rather greyish tone to both wings. The fasciation is weak, but there is a blackish shade at the centre of the forewing dorsum.

Geographical range. S. Burma (Tenasserim), Sundaland, ?Thailand (see below).

Habitat preference. This is an uncommon species of lowland forest. During the Mulu survey it was commoner in heath (kerangas) forest.

Biology. The species has been recorded as feeding on Eugenia malaccensis (Myrtaceae) in Brunei (unpublished IIE records). There are also records from Bauhinia, Cassia (Leguminosae) and Casuarina (Casuarinaceae) in Thailand (Pholboon, 1965; Hutacherern & Tubtim, 1995) that may extend the distribution further north.

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