A morphological key to macrolepidoptera families and some subfamilies
The families of the superfamily Cossoidea as
recognised by Brock (1971) are treated in detail. The Cossidae (34
Bornean spp.) include a number of important shoot and wood boring pests, and the
Metarbelidae (5 spp.) are bark borers. The Ratardidae (3 spp.) are a small
Oriental family, rare in collections and possibly allied to the Metarbelidae.
The Dudgeoneidae are even less diverse but geographically much more widespread;
they have yet to be recorded from Borneo. The Epipyropidae have larvae that are
predatory on Homoptera. They occur in Borneo but there is insufficient material
to permit a detailed treatment.
The Limacodidae (95 spp.) are much more diverse and
include a very large number of pest species, almost entirely affecting arboreal
or bush crops such as coconut, oil palm, tea, cocoa and coffee. Their larvae,
the notorious nettle-grubs or slug-caterpillars, are most striking in form and
colour; details of these are given where possible. A tentative scheme of higher
classification is presented, based on both adult and larval characters; this led
to much revisional work and several generic reviews such as of Cania and Darna.
For each species
a diagnosis and the geographical range are given and, where known, details
of habitat preferences and biology. Summary lists are given of the new
taxa described (11 genera, 46 species and 4 subspecies) as well as of
numerous other taxonomic changes. A checklist of all Bornean taxa may be
found at the end there.
Ref: Malayan Nature Journal 40: 1-166 (1986)