Ambulyx subocellata Felder
Ambulyx subocellata Felder, 1874, Reise Ost. Fregatte Novara,
Lep. t. 76.
Oxyambulyx subocellata Felder; Rothschild & Jordan, 1903: 206.
Diagnosis. See Ambulyx canescens
Walker. The general colouration varies from
orange-brown to dark purplish red-brown; an intermediate specimen is
Taxonomic notes. A. semifervens Walker (Sulawesi, Moluccas), A. felixi
Clark (Philippines) and A. dohertyi Rothschild (Kei, New Guinea to
Solomons) are related species.
Geographical range. Oriental tropics to Sundaland.
Habitat preference. This species is common and found at all altitudes up
Biology. Dupont & Roepke (1941) described the Javan larva as usually
olive green above, bluish white at the sides, with pale yellow granular
spots, a white speckled subdorsal line and oblique lateral stripes. The
dorsal zone has an irregular series of confluent paler patches along the
dorsal lines. The horn is long, green, granulated, curved slightly
upwards. Bell & Scott (1937) illustrated the larva from India. It is
grass green above in a broad dorsal stripe, a paler sea green laterally;
there are small reddish patches associated with the upper ends of the
oblique bars, with the anal claspers, and laterally on the thorax.
host-plants (Bell & Scott, 1937; Dupont & Roepke, 1941; Barlow,
1982) are: Buchanania, Lannea (Anacardiaceae); Canarium (Burseraceae).
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