List of Entomological Publications (Autobibliographie)
Ulrich PAUKSTADT & Laela Hayati PAUKSTADT
Paukstadt, U. & Paukstadt, L. H. (2006): Eine ungewöhnliche weibliche Farbmorphe von Actias maenas diana MAASSEN in Maassen [& Weymer], 1872 von Jawa, Indonesien (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae): pp. 21-24; 1 col.-pl. (8 figs.).
A remarkable female color morph of Actias maenas diana MAASSEN in Maassen [& Weymer], 1872 from Java, Indonesia
Summary: Actias maenas DOUBLEDAY, 1847 is a widely distributed taxon, which ranges from the Indian subcontinent to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, and southeastwards via Thailand and Myanmar to some of the Indonesian islands. On the islands of Java and Bali the subspecies diana MAASSEN in Maassen [& Weymer], 1872 is present, which most probably occupy the islands of Borneo and Sumatera, as well as the Malay Peninsula, too. The exact range of the subspecies diana in continental Asia needs further investigation. The Philippines, the Andamans, Sulawesi and the Lesser Sunda Islands are occupied by related taxa. This paper reports on an extreme and unusual female color morph of diana which was collected at light in the Mt. Halimun env., western Java, Indonesia. The female shows on the forewings dorsally conspicuous reddish scales covering the venation, the costal margin and the marginal band, and in the hindwings at the marginal band and the hindwing tails. The forewings show ventrally a reddish marginal and submarginal area. Occasionally partly pink or reddish colored specimens are known in both sexes in the selene-group (sensu Nässig 1994), were not observed thus far in the maenas-group (sensu Nässig 1994), but are common in specimens placed into the group of “intermediates“ (sensu Nässig 1994). The female color variant is figured in detail in color in this contribution. No taxonomic conclusions are drawn.