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July 2006. A specimen from India was identified by the British Museum as a new species of Acria. Information was asked on this genus. The following is extracted from a forthcoming publication on the moths of Hong Kong. Acria is now placed in its own family in the Gelechioidea, according to Holloway et al. (2001) The families of Malesian butterflies & moths.

PELEOPODIDAE

Acria sp. A nr. ceramitis  Meyrick, 1908  
Global distribution: unknown; A ceramitis is recorded from India, China (HuN, E. & C.), Japan (Peng & Liu, 1992).
H.K. distribution & status: widespread; frequent.
H.K. ecology: in woodland; multivoltine, occurring in an undetermined number of generations from mid-February through August and late November.
Similar Species: Acria sp. B. nr. xanthosaris has a yellow abdomen and a more orange-brown forewing ground colour, rather than a grey-brown abdomen and forewing.
Taxonomy: this identification is provisional, subject to examination of genitalic characters.

Acria sp. B nr. xanthosaris  Meyrick, 1908  
Global distribution: unknown. The type locality of A xanthosaris is in Sri Lanka.
H.K. distribution & status: widespread; frequent.
H.K. ecology: in woodland; multivoltine, occurring in an undetermined number of generations from mid-February through August and late November. The thin green larva has been found in a slight web on the underside of leaves of Homalium cochinchinensis.
Similar Species: see Acria sp. A nr. ceramitis.
Taxonomy: this identification is provisional, subject to examination of genitalic characters.

See also a post with Acria from coconuts, India

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