oa Journal of East African Natural History - New Lepidoptera from East Africa

Volume 1965, Issue 111
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



Pseudathyma neptidina Karsch, Jacksoni, ssp, novo (Figs. 1 & 2) Differs from the nominate race in the much greater development of the white discal markings in both wings above and below, in the absence of dark nervular streaks in the white markings of the forewing and in the reduction of the white streak in the fw cell. The sexes are similar, the female being larger and more rounded. This new subspecies was recently discovered in the Kakamega Forest of western Kenya by Mr. T.H.E. Jackson, the well known lepidopterist and small series of both sexes were secured by him and by the author. It is astonishing that such a conspicuous insect should have been overlooked for so long in a well collected area such as the Kakamega Forest, and this may be due to it being a surprisingly accurate mimic of Neptis strigata Aurivillius.

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