FAMILY COSSIDAE
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Xyleutes strix Linnaeus  
   
Phalaena (Noctua) strix Linnaeus, 1758, Syst. Nat. (edn. 10) 1: 508.
   
Zeuzera signata Walker, 1856, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln. Br. Mus. 7:1537.
   
Zeuzera bubo Butler, 1882,Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5), 10: 228.
   
Xyleutes strix Linnaeus; Roepke, 1957: 20; Barlow, 1982: 41.


Xyleutes strix


Diagnosis.
This and the next species are similar in size and both have a rectangular black patch just postdiscally on the forewing. However strix has a black thorax and a bone white ground colour to the evenly reticulate forewings whereas persona has a white thorax and the forewings mainly dull dark brown except for a pale border on the dorsum and margin.

Taxonomic notes. Roepke placed Sulawesi (tigrata Houlbert) and Australasian (bubo Butler) populations as distinct subspecies.

Geographical range. India, S.E. Asia, Sundaland, Philippines; Sulawesi; Moluccas, New Guinea.

Habitat preference. During the Mulu survey the species was recorded infrequently from various lowland forests, but most particularly alluvial forest.

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