Meganoton rufescens Butler
Diludia rufescens Butler, 1875, Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond., 1875: 260.
Meganoton rufescens Butler; Rothschild & Jordan, 1903: 36.
Meganoton severina Miskin, sensu Harman, 1981: 93.
Meganoton rufescens thielei Huwe, 1906, Berlin. ent. Z., 50: 316.
Diagnosis. Confusion with Psilogramma menephron is possible, but the pale
discal spot is very prominent, linked to the costa by a strong, oblique
dark brown bar that is lacking in menephron.
note. Bornean material is referable to ssp. thielei Huwe.
Geographical range. Throughout the Indo-Australian tropics to New Guinea
Habitat preference. All specimens have been taken in the lowlands. The
species is infrequent.
Biology. Dupont & Roepke (1941) described and illustrated the larva in
Java. It is green with a dorsal yellow patch on T1 and broad, oblique,
white stripes on the abdominal segments that tend to run into a paler
dorsal stripe. The anterior oblique stripes are more pronounced and
extensive in early instars.
Recorded host-plants (Bell & Scott, 1937; Moulds, 1984) are: Annona,
Melodorum (Annonaceae); Kigelia, Spathodea (Bignoniaceae).
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