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Ulrich PAUKSTADT & Laela Hayati PAUKSTADT


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Paukstadt, U. & Paukstadt, L. H. (2000): Eine interessante Farb- und Zeichnungsvariation bei Attacus inopinatus Jurriaanse & Lindemans, 1920 von Flores, Indonesien (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). - Galathea - Berichte des Kreises Nürnberger Entomologen eV (Nürnberg), Suppl. 8: pp. 59-62; 2 col.-figs.

Summary: A variation of Attacus inopinatus Jurriaanse & Lindemans, 1920 from Flores, Indonesia (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). - This contribution deals with the extremes of the variation in the wing coloration and wing pattern, which are thus far known in the female adults of Attacus inopinatus Jurriaanse & Lindemans, 1920 (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) from the island of Flores, eastern Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara Timur Province, NTT), Indonesia. Particularly the females of A. inopinatus are highly variable moths concerning the number and arrangement of its accessory fenestrae, cf. U. Paukstadt & L. H. Paukstadt (1992), but its wing coloration and pattern usually is without considerable variation. The ground color in both sexes usually is deep brown to soft brown to deep orange, occasionally yellowish brown. A single female of A. inopinatus very surprisingly shows a much distinct melanistic wing coloration and pattern. The ground color of the median area in forewings and hindwings is deep reddish brown and black. The postmedian line in fore- and hindwings is white as in other specimens of this taxon but the broad band of reddish scales is missing in the postmedian area. Postmedian area with a conspicuous suffusion of white scales. Differences in the base coloration of adults in the genus Attacus Linnaeus, 1767 might be caused by temperature and/or humidity influences during the larval and/or pupal stages. Experiments which were carried out by Janzen (1984) stated that the color polymorphism in Rothschildia lebeau (Guérin-Méneville, 1868) is due to particular weather influences which the preimaginal instars encountered. Similar experiments are still lacking for the genus Attacus.