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Lophophelma luteipes Felder & Rogenhofer comb. n.
Pachyodes luteipes Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875, Reise. öst. Fregatte Novara, 2: p1. 125.
Pingasa similis Moore, 1888, Descr. new. Indian lep. Insects Colln Atkinson, p. 248.
Terpna luteipes enthusiastes Prout, 1927, Gross-Schmett Erde 12: 56.
Terpna luteipes Felder; Holloway, 1976: 60.

Lophophelma luteipes

The white wings very lightly striated and fasciated with black and brown render this species the palest in the genus; only the forewing costa is significantly darkened.

Taxonomic notes. L. ruficosta Hampson stat. rev. (S. India) has sometimes been considered a race of luteipes but the male genitalia are distinctive, the valve with a basal spur on the costa twice as long as in luteipes and a more broadly lobed distal margin and a small interior flap. A taxon in Sulawesi with similar facies to luteipes is distinct, the male genitalia (slide 17156) having a more simple, thorn- shaped valve, lacking a basal spur.

Geographical range. N.E. Himalaya, Sundaland.

Habitat preference. L. luteipes is commoner than the previous two species but distributed over a similar altitude range in montane vegetation types.

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