Albara reversaria Walker, 1866, List Specimens lepid. Insects
Colln. Br. Mus., 35: 1567.
Albara opalescens Warren, 1897, Novit. zool., 4: 12.
Albara griseotincta Wileman,
1914, Entomologist, 47: 268.
Albara horishana Matsumura, 1921, Thousand Ins. Japan Suppl.,
Albara reversaria Walker; Holloway, 1976: 92.
Diagnosis. Both species in this genus are purplish grey with straight postmedials
(absent in Paralbara), but reversaria is much paler with dark
fasciae, rather than pale-edged ones.
Geographical range. Sumatra, Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia; N.E. Himalaya,
Taiwan (ssp. opalescens).
Habitat preference. The species is infrequent in lowland and lower
montane forests extending as high as 1200m on G. Api and at Bundu Tuhan on G.
Kinabalu and to 1465m on Bukit Retak in Brunei.
Biology. The larva of the Taiwanese subspecies was illustrated by Wang (1995). It
is a speckled pale grey, the thoracic segments slightly swollen, the third with
an irregular transverse dark brown blotch dorsally, with a pair of black dots
anterior to it on T2 and a trapezoid array of four posterior to it on A1. A3 has
oblique broad, lateral brown bars that extend up the flanks towards the anterior
to be separated dorsally by a narrow band of the ground colour. There is a small
brown trapezoid dorsally just anterior to the suranal process. The host-plant
recorded was Myrica (Myricaceae).
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