Geometra specularia Guenée,
1857, Hist. nat Insectes, Spec. gen. Lep. 9:342.
Aporandria specularia haplograpta Prout,
1922, Bull. Hill Mus., Witley,1:253.
Aporandria specularia Guenée;
Holloway, 1976: 61.
Diagnosis. The size, in combination with the yellow basal zone and dull pink
and red discal mark of the hindwing, distinguish this species.
Geographical range. Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Andamans, Peninsular Malaysia,
Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines, Sulawesi.
preference. This is a lowland species found
in both forested and disturbed or cultivated areas. During the Mulu survey it
was found more frequently in forest on limestone.
Biology. The larva was described fully and illustrated by Moore (1847) and
described in detail by Bell (MS) and Singh (1953). It is slender, the body
green, the head strongly bifid and with the true legs pale purplish red with
darker spots. Early instars are dark yellow.
The larva adopts a
twig-like posture when at rest. Bell mentioned association with ants of the
genus Oecophylla in some instances. It is a leaf (Singh) and flower
feeder (Kuroko & Lewvanich, 1993).
The egg (Bell, MS) is a
thick, elongate-oval disc-shape with vertical sides. The top is slightly convex
with a rim like a pie-crust, light green with the rim pure white. Pupation is in
a folded leaf secured by silk.
Host-plants noted by the
authors above and in unpublished IIE records are Mangifera (Anacardiaceae),
Terminalia (Combretaceae), Eugenia (Myrtaceae), Areca (Palmae),
Rhizophora (Rhizophoraceae) and Nephelium (Sapindaceae).
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