FAMILY LASIOCAMPIDAE
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Lajonquierea variabile sp. n.  


Lajonquierea variabile
(natural size)

Lajonquierea variabile (paratype)
(natural size)


Lajonquierea variabile
(natural size)



male.gif (860 bytes)male.gif (860 bytes)27-29mm, female.gif (844 bytes)female.gif (844 bytes) 47-50mm. This and the next two species all resemble poeciloptera Grunberg in the crenulate forewing fasciae, the basal one of the stronger pair being angled subcostally. All the Bornean species have a broader, more diffuse, longitudinal dark streak from the discal spot to the margin. This species shows local variations. Specimens taken on the Mulu survey and in Brunei are a uniform rosy brown, the type series from Pontianak in Kalimantan is a deep rich brown, darker and less rufous between the strong fasciae, and a pair from Bidi in S. Sarawak are somewhat intermediate. The male genitalia are diagnostic, with a broad, triangular cubile, the valves basally swollen and the aedeagus with a small ventral spine and a small vesica bearing needle-like spines.

Holotype male.gif (860 bytes)Sintang, inland of Pontianak, April 1910 (Dr Martin) BM lasiocampid slide 1023.

Paratypes: 1male.gif (860 bytes) 2 female.gif (844 bytes)female.gif (844 bytes) as holotype.

Geographical range. Borneo.

Habitat preference. The specimens from Brunei and the Mulu area were taken in lowland hill dipterocarp and alluvial forests.

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