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990458n – 19458   Lymantria albescens Hori & Umeno, 1930
Distribution Data for Lymantria albescens
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Distribution: Ryuku Islands of Japan; not found in North America north of Mexico.
and Size:
Forewing length ranges 22-30mm in males and 40-41mm in females.
Larva and
Host Plants:
Larvae have been recorded as feeding on Castanopsis sieboldii (Fagaceae), Elaeocarpus sylvestris (Elaeocarpaceae).
Similar Species:
  • L. apicebrunnea is similar however the outer margin of the forewing is brown, as opposed to L. albescens' dark gray wing margin. Both species have a broad costal margin on he hindwing however it is dark gray in L. albescens and brown in L. apicebrunnea.“Egg masses indistinguishable from those of L/ xylina, except for a slight color tone difference”.The valves in the male genitalia of L. albescens are with a straight distal process, which is curved dorsally in L. apicebrunnea. Genitalic illustrations provided by Mike Pogue, from Pogue and Schaefer (2007)
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
Synonymy: L. dispar ab. albescens Mutsumuta, 1927
L. dispar albescens Hori and Umeno, 1930
L. albescens albescens Schintlmeister, 2004
  • (1) Pogue, M.G., and Schaefer, P.W. (2007). A review of selected species of Lymantria Hubner [1819] including three new species (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Lymantriinae) from subtropical and temperate regions of Asia, some potentially invasive to North America. Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
Photographs are needed for this species.

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