calamaria Moore comb. n.
calamaria Moore, 1888, Proc. zool. Soc. Lond., 1888: 392.
? punctata Elwes, 1890, Proc. zool. Soc. Lond., 1890: 389.
celidopa Meyrick, 1894, Trans. ent.
Soc. London, 1894: 3.
calamaria mediopuncta Rothschild,
1913, Novit. zool., 20: 211.
ground colour is typical, if pale, for the genus, though some specimens have a
greyish tone to the forewing. However, the only markings on the forewing are a
black discal dot and a smaller basal one.
Taxonomic note. The
male genitalia have only the saccular process strong, terminating in a sinuous
spine as in peloa but more robust. The aedeagus vesica has a large distal
cornutus as well as areas of light scobination. The female also has the bursa
ornamented somewhat as in peloa.
Geographical range. N.E.
Himalaya to Sundaland.
Habitat preference. The
species is infrequent, possibly associated with disturbed forest, having been
taken at Semongok in the lowlands of Sarawak near Kuching, in disturbed alluvial
forest near G. Mulu, at Poring at 600m on the east of G. Kinabalu and at 1500m
by a remnant of primary montane forest, near Kundasan golf course in the
vicinity of the old Mesilau locality.
FRIM records note the larva as a leaf defoliator of Bougainvillea (Nyctaginaceae),
but defoliation of higher plants needs confirmation (see also Gardner, 1943).
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