rufibasis Guenée, 1852, Hist. Nat. Insectes, Spec. gén. Lépid.
rufibasis Guenée; Holloway, 1976: 34.
The facies is distinctive, as described above.
range. Indo-Australian tropics east to New Guinea, the Solomons and
preference. The species is common from the lowlands to 1930m, including
disturbed and cultivated areas.
The larva was described by Gardner (1947) and illustated by Kuroko &
Lewvanich (1993). It is a slender spindle shape, tapering at each end. The
colour is a darkish, olive green-brown, with a conspicuous pale yellow stripe
along each side that extends from the head to the anal prolegs, which are
splayed out behind. Kuroko & Lewvanich noted two forms of the larva: olive,
greyish brown with a white stripe; green with a yellow stripe. All the prolegs
have expanded plantae to give them a T-shape, and, of the abdominal ones, those
on A4 are moderately reduced and those on A3 strongly so.
plants listed by Robinson et al. (2001)
are all from the Sapindaceae: Dimocarpus, Litchi,
However, there is also a record from Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) in Hong Kong (unpublished IIE
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