Antheraea larissa Westwood
Saturnia larissa Westwood, 1847, Cabinet Oriental Entomology,
Antheraea ridlyi Moore, 1892; Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6), 9:
Antheraea delegata Swinhoe, 1893, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6),
Antheraea larissa Westwood; Allen, 1981: 115; Lampe, 1985: 11.
larissa (Saturniidae); Peninsular Malaysia
(Tho Yow Pong)
Diagnosis. The coloration is orange, pink and yellow, the fasciae of
both wings highly crenulate. The forewing ocellus has a diagnostic
Geographical range. Sundaland.
specimens have been taken in lowland rainforest.
Biology. The larva (Plate 20) is bright green, sparsely scattered
with pale yellow setae that are longer dorsally and directed slightly
forwards. Long, dark setae arise from blue spots above and below the
spiracle on each segment, though those on A2 and A7 are incorporated in a
large silvery patch that is edged dark brown. the dorsal pairs of scoli
are reduced to shining golden blisters; on A8 there is a short, central
green horn. There are darker subdorsal bands just above the upper blue
spots, intensifying posteriorly to broaden into a reddish triangular area
over the anal clasper. The spiracles are invested with yellow and are
strikingly edged with dark brown.
The larva has been reared on Shorea glauca (Dipterocarpaceae) in
Peninsular Malaysia (Tho Yow Pong, pers. comm.).
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