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

by Rob de Vos


Nyctemera (Coleta) coleta (Stoll, 1782)

[Phalaena Geometra coleta Stoll, 1782] (type: unknown, but probably from Java)


It is not certain yet if populations in Papua do belong to a different subspecies than the nomotypical one. Specimens from Papua are patterned with paler brown, but the pattern is somewhat more extended with brown running inwardly along the veins on the hindwings (see picture above of a specimen from Papua).





STATUS: Very common outside New Guinea, in Papua less abundant.

PAPUA LOCALITIES: Biak: Wardo; Roon; Sekar: Sekar; New Guinea: Ambubaki, Ditschi, Fakfak, Mabirena, Manokwari, Mokwam, Nabire, Ngat Biep (Arfak), Senopi, Siwi Mountain, Sorong, Tubeya, Warkapi, Waweji, Wendesi. Details in gazetteer.

EXTERNAL DISTRIBUTION: A wide distribution. It is found in South India, Sri Lanka, Northeast India, Bangladesh, South China, Taiwan, Ryukyu Islands, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Malaysia (Peninsula and Borneo), Indonesia and the Philippines. The species is recently found in Bulolo on Mt. Manki in PNG (in CMWM). It is most abundant on the Malayan Peninsula, the Greater Sunda Islands, Sulawesi and the Philippines.






Literature refering to Papua records

Bryk, F., 1937. Lepidopterorum Catalogus, 82: Arctiidae, Subfam.: Callimorphinae et Nyctemerinae: 1-105, W. Junk, ’s-Gravenhage.
Holloway, J.D., 1976. Moths of Borneo with special reference to Mount Kinabalu: 264 pp. Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
Holloway, J.D., 1982. Arctiidae. In: Barlow, H.S. An introduction to the Moths of South East Asia: 305 pp., Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
Holloway, J.D., 1988. The Moths of Borneo 6, Arctiidae, Syntominae, Euchromiinae, Arctiinae, Aganainae (to Noctuidae: 101 pp., Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
Kirsch, Th., 1877. Beitrag zur Kenntniss der Lepidopteren-Fauna von Neu Guinea. Mitteilungen aus dem Zoologischen Museum in Dresden 2: 103-134.
Pagenstecher, A., 1885. Beiträge zur Lepidopteren-Fauna des malayischen Archipels. (II.). Heterocera der Insel Nias (bei Sumatra). Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde 38: 1-71, 181.
Pagenstecher, A., 1901. Über die Gattung Nyctemera Hübn. und Ihre Verwandten. Jahrbücher des Nassauischen Vereins für Naturkunde 54: 91-175.
Roepke, W., 1949. The genus Nyctemera Hübner. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London 100(2): 47-70.
Seitz, A., 1915. VI. Subfamilie: Callimorphinae & VII. Subfamilie: Nyctemerinae. In: A. Seitz (ed.). Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde 10: Spinner und Schwarmer des Indo-Australischen Gebiets: 264-290, A. Kernen, Stuttgart.
Swinhoe, C., 1892. Catalogue of Eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of The Oxford Museum, part I, Sphinges and Bombyces: 324 pp., At The Clarendon Press, Oxford.