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

by Rob de Vos

Spilosoma persimilis (Rothschild, 1914)

[Diacrisia persimilis Rothschild, 1914] (lectotype: Mt. Goliath (Gn. Yamin, Papua), in BMNH)



This species is very variable in intensity of the black pattern on the wings. Most conspicuous and almost always present in the forewing is the black stigma patch at the end of the cell.







STATUS: A common species but rather local. The species prefers high altitudes. It is restricted to the Central Mountain Range.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: New Guinea: Abmisibil, Bilogai, Mt. Goliath (Gn. Yamin), Pass Valley, Walisi (Baliem Valley), Walmak (Nipsan), Wamena. Details in gazetteer.


DATA SOURCES: BMNH, CMWM, KSP, RMNH. Literature (see below).






Hampson, G.F., 1920. Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae. Supplement, volume 2. Catalogue of the Lithosiadae (Arctianae) and Phalaenoididae in the collection of the British Museum: 619 pp. British Museum, London.
Rothschild, L.W., 1914. In: Seitz, A. Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 10: Spinner und Schwarmer des Indo-Australischen Gebiets, Arctiidae: 236-263. A. Kernen, Stuttgart.
Strand, E., 1919. Lepidopterorum Catalogus 22: Arctiidae: Subfam. Arctiinae: 1-416. W. Junk, Berlin.
Thomas, W., 1990. Die von Rothschild, L.D., in Seitz, A., Die Grossschmetterlinge der Erde, Bd. 10, beschriebenen Spilosoma-Arten (Lepidoptera, Arctiidae) (Spilosomen-Studien 4). Nota Lepidopterologica 13(2-3): 177-185.
Vos, R. de & D. Suhartawan, 2011. The Spilosoma group of species from New Guinea and adjacent islands (Lepidoptera: Erebidae, Arctiinae, Arctiini). In: Telnov, D., 2011. Biodiversity, Biogeography and Nature Conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea, Vol. I: 299-333.