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Penicillifera apicalis (Walker, 1862)

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Similar species: Penicillifera lactea (Hutton, 1865).

Diagnosis as per Wang et al. (2015). 

Diagnosis (P. apicalis). Characterized by the following characters: forewing gray-white; apex of discal cell with four (males) or one (females) black dot; inner margin of hindwing with three black dots; uncus entirely bifid, the two parts outcurved apically; aedeagus curved near base. 

Diagnosis. This species (P. lactea) is very similar to P. apicalis, but can be distinguished by the following characters: abdomen pale gray; costal margin of forewing edged with pale ochre; inner margin of hindwing with four black dots; uncus flanked laterally by two flattened processes; saccus not swollen apically. 

  1. OD: Dasychira apicalis Walker, 1862.  J. Proc. Linn. Soc. (Zool.) 6: 130; TL: Sarawak. Text at
  2. Dasychira signifera Walker, 1862. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. (Zool.) 6: 130; TL: Sarawak. Text at
  3. Holloway, J. D. 1987. The Moths of Borneo. Part 3. Lasiocampidae, Eupterotidae, Bombycidae, Brahmaeidae. Plate 9,# pg. 85
  4. Wang, X., M. Wang, V. V. Zolotuhin, T. Hirowatari, S. Wu & G. Huang. 2015. The fauna of the family Bombycidae sensu lato (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Bombycoidea) from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hainan Islands. Zootaxa 3989 (1): 001–138.

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Anonymous. 2022. Penicillifera apicalis (Walker, 1862). In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 3.30. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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