Geometra vittata Moore, 1867, Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1867:
Tanaorhinus prasinus Butler,
1879, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5), 4: 438.
Tanaorhinus vittata sumatrensis Prout,
1933, Gross-Schmett. Erde 12: 77.
Mixochlora vittata kalisi Prout,
1935, Novit. zool. 39: 224.
Mixochlora vittata Moore;
Holloway, 1976: 61.
Diagnosis. This and the next
species are very similar but M. argentifusa Walker has the antemedial and
postmedial more strongly convergent towards the dorsum, and the silvery
submarginal of the forewing is irregular in vittata but forms an obtuse
angle in argentifusa.
Geographical range. Himalaya,
China; Japan (ssp. prasinus); Sumatra, Borneo (ssp. sumatrensis); Java
Habitat preference. On G.
Mulu two specimens were taken at 1000m. On G. Kinabalu the species was found
infrequently from 1500m to 1930m.
Biology. The larva of vittata in
India was described by Singh (1953). The body is always cylindrical,
sparsely granulate, a dirty white, with oblique triangular dorsal green stripes
from A3 to A8 (see also Barlow (1982)).
The larva feeds on young leaves. Pupation is within a light cocoon
in a curled leaf. Sevastopulo (1947b) described the pupa: it is ivory white, the
abdomen streaked finely with pink and sparsely speckled black along with the
The host in India is Quercus (Fagaceae), but the Japanese
subspecies has also been reared from Fagus in the same family and Corylus
(Corylaceae) (Nakajima & Sato, 1979).
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