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

by Rob de Vos

Utetheisa (Pitasila) disrupta (Butler, 1887)

[Pitasila disrupta Butler, 1887] (lectotype: Alu (Shortland Island), Solomon Islands, in BMNH)


ssp. burica (Holland, 1900) [Nyctemera burica] (lectotype: Buru, in CMNH)
Deilemera similis Swinhoe, 1917 (lectotype: Stephensort (Bogadjim), PNG, in BMNH)
Nyctemeria [sic] angalensis Matsumura, 1930 (holotype: Angaur, Pelew Islands, in SEHU)






STATUS: The species is in Papua rare, but outside New Guinea it can be very abundant. In Papua it seems to prefer the northern coastal areas and islands.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Biak Island: Biak city; Liki Island: Bobo; Mapia Island; Misool Island: Haitloh, Waigama; Mios-Num Island; Numfor Island; Owi Island (Padaido Islands); Waigeo Island; New Guinea: backland of Jayapura. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: ssp. disrupta: Solomon Islands, Bismarck Archipelago; ssp . burica: widely distributed from New Guinea in the east to Sumatra in the west and the southern Philippines in the north.

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





Literature refering to New Guinea

Bryk, F., 1937. Lepidopterorum Catalogus, 82: Arctiidae, Subfam.: Callimorphinae et Nyctemerinae: 1-105. W. Junk, 's-Gravenhage.
Pagenstecher, A., 1901. Über die Gattung Nyctemera Hübn. und Ihre Verwandten. Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde 54: 91-175.
Swinhoe, C., 1917. New Species of Indo-Malayan Lepidoptera. The Annals and Magazine of Natural History (8)19: 331-
343, 409-416.
Vos, R. de, 2007. The Utetheisa species of the subgenera Pitasila, Atasca and Raanya subg. n. (Insecta, Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Aldrovandia 3: 31-120.