propitia Guérin-Méneville, , Voy. de la Coquille,
Ophiusa propitia Boisduval, 1832, in d’Urville, Voyage
de Découvertes de l’Astrolabe, 1: 244.
aurantiaca Guenée, 1852, Hist. Nat. Insectes, Spec. gén. Lépid.
Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 14: 1383.
zool. Soc. Lond., 1867: 78.
new Indian lepid. Insects Colln W.S. Atkinson: 169.
propitia Guérin-Méneville; Holloway, 1976: 38.
There is marked sexual dimorphism with males yellow and females more a yellowish
olive-brown. Males have diffuse blackish markings on either side of the
postmedials, whereas in females there is more uniform shading. In both sexes the
forewings are falcate. See also the next two species.
note. There are conflicting views on the authorship of propitia;
the most recent review (Edwards in Nielsen et al. (1996)) is followed here, but
see also Nye (1975), followed by Poole (1989).
range. N.E. Himalaya, Burma, Thailand (VK), Borneo, Sumatra (HS / ZSM),
Philippines east to Queensland, the Carolines (Palau) and the Solomons.
preference. This is the commonest of the three species, ranging from
sea-level to 2110m, found in various forest types including heath forest, and
also in cultivated areas.
The larva was described, under the synonym aurantiaca,
by Gardner (1947). The prolegs of A3 are strongly reduced and those of A4
moderately so. The head is greyish black, and the body is grey with black and
white speckling. The spiracles are a dirty white with black rims. Pupation is in
a folded leaf, and the pupa has a heavy powdery bloom. The host plants were
species of Dalbergia
see also Robinson et al. (2001).
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