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The Tigermoths (Erebidae, Arctiinae, Lithosiini) of Papua Indonesia

by Rob de Vos

Chrysoscota vagivitta (Walker, 1866)

[Lithosia vagivitta Walker, 1866] (holotype: Misool, in BMNH)


Chrysoscota lacteiplaga Rothschild, 1912 (syntypes: Utakwa River, in BMNH)

Similar species

The four known Chrysoscota species occuring in Papua Indonesia are rather easy to distinguish. To make it more easy the right wings of all four species are depicted to compare. Notice the black thorax of albomaculata, while in the other species the head and collar are pale yellow.




STATUS: A common species. It seems to have no particular altitude preference.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Misool; New Guinea: Andai, Borme, Canoe Camp, Dotir (Wandammen Peninsula), Fakfak, Hotice (Foja Mts.), Huri-Mber, Kouh, Malagufuk (Sorong), Manirim (Sarmi District), Marina Valen (Mamberamo area), Upper Setekwa River, Utakwa River, Walmak (Nipsan), Warkapi, Warmare Dua (Arfak Mts.), Wendesi, Werba. Details in gazetteer.


DATA SOURCES: BMNH, KSP, RMNH, ZMHB, Remco Hofland. Literature (see below).








Draudt, M., 1914. In: Seitz, A. Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 10: Spinner und Schwarmer des Indo-Australischen Gebiets, Arctiidae: 134-223. A. Kernen, Stuttgart.
Hampson, G.F., 1900. Catalogus Lepidoptera Phalaenae 2. Catalogue of the Arctiadae (Nolinae, Lithosianae) in the collection of the British Museum: 589 pp. British Museum, London.
Rothschild, L.W., 1912. New Lithosianae. Novitates Zoologicae 19(2): 212-246.
Rothschild, L.W., 1915. Lepidoptera of the British Ornithologists' Union and Wollaston Expeditions in the Snow Mountains, Southern Dutch New Guinea, Macrolepidoptera: 1-148. Zoological Museum, Tring.
Strand, E., 1922. Lepidopterorum Catalogus 26: Arctiidae: Subfam. Lithosiinae: 501-899. W. Junk, Berlin
Walker, F., 1866. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, XXXV. Supplement 5: xx pp. Trustees British Museum, London.