Saturday, April 26, 2014

Black Angle (Tapena thwaitesi)

"A great rarity, and I have never personally caught a specimen. A native collector has sent me specimens from Kandy, Deniyaya and Kottawa" - Ormiston W., 1924

Rare insect occurs in low country wet zone forests up to mid hills. Larval host plants are Dalbergia lanceolaria (Bol-Mara/Kala),  Dalbergia pseudo-sissoo(Bambara wel) and Derris scandens (Ala-wel, Bo-kala-wel, Kala-wel)

Above male specimen was photographed at Gileemale forest reserve in mid April.

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