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The Euteliinae (Lepidoptera: Stictopterinae) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos


Stictoptera cucullioides Guenée, 1852

subobliqua (Walker, 1857)
variabilis (Moore, 1882)
timesia Swinhoe, 1893
wetterensis Swinhoe, 1917


In cucullioides the most distinguishing characters are the three black (sub)apical streaks on the forewing which are present in almost every variation of this extremely variable species. It has this feature in common with signifera but in that species the (sub)apical streaks are less developed and signifera has a much broader dark margin on the hindwing. Furthermore the rather narrow forewing with oblique termen are diagnostic for cucullioides.









STATUS: A widely distributed species which is very common. In Papua it is mostly found in mountain areas. The species is extremely variable but it is rather easy recognized by the three apical black streaks in the forewing.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Abmisibil, Benyas, Borme, Demaisi, Lake Habbema, Kouh, Mt. Kunupi, Mabilabol, Mokwam, Ninay Valley, Pass Valley, Prafi, Sibil, Taja Rifi, Timeepa, Utakwa River, Walmak, Wamena, Wandammen Mts, Yemang. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: Indo-Australian region, from Thailand to the Bismarck Archipelago. On the Hawaii Islands it is an introduced species.

DATA SOURCES: BMNH, KSP, RMNH. Literature: Holloway (1985)