Macaria divisaria Walker, 1861, List Specimens lepid. Insects
Colln Br. Mus., 23: 927
Antitrygodes divisaria perturbata Prout,
1914, Ent. Mitt., 3: 3240.
Antitrygodes divisaria virentiplaga Prout,
1938, Gross-Schmett. Erde, 12: 1936. (described as
'ab. loc. (an. sp.
div. ?)' hence status unclear).
Antitrygodes divisaria Walker;
Holloway, 1976: 64.
Diagnosis. This is a larger species than the next and its allies, with the green
patches extending further out along the forewing costa and the hindwing dorsum.
The green marks at the forewing apex are large, fused into two blocks rather
than occurring as four small lunules. The underside is extensively blackened,
differing from the next species where it is pale grey apart from a narrow
Geographical range. Indian Subregion (ssp. virentiplaga in Sri
Lanka) to Taiwan (ssp. perturbata) and Sulawesi.
Habitat preference. The species is infrequent in lowland forest,
including disturbed areas and softwood plantations (Chey, 1994; S. J. Willott, pers.
comm.), but has been taken as high as 1618m (on Bukit Retak in Brunei).
Biology. Bell (MS) reared the species in India. The larva is very long and thin,
more or less cylindrical. The ventral surface is light green, but this is
suffused rusty red dorsally, with several obscure, slightly wavy longitudinal
In resting posture, the body is held out at 45 degrees from the
substrate gripped only by the prolegs. Young leaves are eaten for preference.
The host-plant was Hymenodictyon (Rubiaceae) though Barlow (1982)
noted a host-plant in the Verbenaceae. Bell also reared the congener, A.
cuneilinea Walker, from Adina and Barlow (1982) noted Anthocephalus
as another host-plant, both also in Rubiaceae.
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