campana Guenée, 1852, Hist. Nat. Insectes, Spec. gén. Lépid. 7: 252.
nigha Guenée, 1852, Hist. Nat. Insectes, Spec. gén. Lépid. 7: 253.
callipepla Prout, 1929, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (10), 3: 598.
campana Guenée; Holloway, 1976: 34.
Diagnosis. The separation
of a marginal dark area from a medial paler, often creamy area by a straight,
transverse, double, pale fascia is distinctive; the basal area contains black
patches in a triangle separated by grey, the triangle forming a straight basal
boundary to the pale medial area, except at the dorsum where the boundary loops
range. Indo-Australian tropics to E. Australia, Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia; the more easterly populations
are referred to ssp. callipepla.
preference. Four Bornean specimens have been located, all montane: from
2360m at the summit of G. Mulu; from 1618m at the summit of Bukit Retak in
Brunei; two from 1930m on G. Kinabalu.
Biology. The mature
larva was illustrated by Moore (1884-1887), Kuroko & Lewvanich (1993),
Tominaga (2000a) and Tanahara & Tanahara (2000). It is somewhat ochreous
blue-grey, finely and densely speckled with bluish black, the spiracular zone
of the abdomen forming a darker but irregular band with a more rufous edging
above and below. This rufous band extends across A1 in front of a transverse
black saddle; A1 is distinctly swollen at this point. The prolegs all appear
well developed except those on A3 which are reduced; the plantae are expanded
to give each a T-shape. All the legs are ochreous.
host plants recorded (also Robinson et al., 2001) are all
in the Sapindaceae: Lepisanthes, Nephelium, Sapindus, Schleichera. In Japan it feeds
Tominaga (2000a) noted that this host plant family combination was also seen in
the notodontid genera Dudusa Walker and Tarsolepis Butler.
adult is a fruit piercer (see the generic account).
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