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Drapetodes fratercula Moore
Drapetodes fratercula Moore, 1887, Lepid. Ceylon, 3: 541.
Drapetodes fratercula albidior Warren, 1922, Gross-Schmett. Erde, 10: 459.

Drapetodes fratercula

Diagnosis and taxonomic notes.
The distribution of pale markings amid dark grey is similar to that of nummularia except they are lineated rather than lunulate. The central grey band to the hindwing is narrower, and the fringes are diagnostically pale orange outside a narrowly darkened margin. The forewing pale areas are more extensive in Sundanian and Sulawesi material.

Geographical range. Sri Lanka, N.E. Himalaya, Borneo, Bali, Sulawesi.

Habitat preference. The two Bornean specimens seen are from lowland localities: the Matang Road in Sarawak and Pulo Laut in S. Kalimantan.

Biology. Moore (1884-1887: 542) illustrated and described the larva. It is pale salmon-pink with a pale yellow head that is banded brown. The setae are prominent and on scoli. The body is banded dorsally anteriorly and posteriorly with dark green and olive-brown, with dark brown bars extending laterally on the thoracic segments in the same pattern as that illustrated by Wang for the type species. It is laterally yellowish posteriorly. Pupation is in a loose cocoon in a rolled up leaf, the pupa red with a white powdery bloom.

The host-plants are cardamom (Elettaria) and allies (Zingiberaceae).

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