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Hyposidra talaca Walker
Lagyra talaca Walker, 1860, List Specimens lepid Insects Colln Br. Mus., 20: 59.
    Lagyra successaria Walker, 1860, Ibid, 20: 60.
    Chizala decipiens Walker, 1860, Ibid, 20: 263.
    Chizala deceptatura Walker, 1860, Ibid, 20: 264.
    Lagyra humiferata Walker, 1862, Ibid, 26: 1484.
    Lagyra rigusaria Walker, 1862, Ibid, 26: 1485.
    Lagyra bombycaria Walker, 1866, Ibid, 35: 1529.
    Hyposidra vampyraria Snellen, 1880, Tijdschr. Ent., 24: 90.
    Lagyra myciterna Druce, 1888, Proc. zool. Soc. Lond., 1888: 577.
    Lagyra flaccida Lucas, 1894, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S. Wales (2), 8:154.
    Hyposidra khasiana Warren, 1894, Novit. zool., 1: 681.
    Hyposidra schistacea Warren, 1896, Ibid, 3: 305.
    Hyposidra grisea Warren, 1902, lbid, 9: 372.
    Hyposidra talaca Walker; Holloway, 1976: 75.

Hyposidra talaca

Hyposidra talaca

Both sexes are blackish grey with diffusely darker fasciation, the female much larger than the male and with a more crenulate margin.

Geographical range. Indo-Australian tropics from N.E. Himalaya to Queensland and Solomons.

Habitat preference. This is a lowland species found in forested localities, particularly alluvial forest during the Mulu survey, and in disturbed and cultivated areas. In Seram it was particularly abundant in a zone of shifting cultivation.

Biology. The larva is often recorded as a defoliator and flower feeder on tree crops and can attain pest status. It is brown-grey, twig-like, with transverse rows of white dots on each segment in the central part of the body (Singh, 1953; Sugi, 1987, colour illustration; Bell, MS; M.J. Bascombe, pers comm.).

It is polyphagous, recorded from the following plant taxa (Singh;Bell; Browne, 1968; unpublished records from IIE and Forest Research Institute of Malaysia). Anacardiaceae (Anacardium); Bombacaceae (Bombax); Combretaceae (Terminalia); Compositae (Chromolaena, Gynura, Mikania); Cupressaceae (Cupressus); Euphorbiaceae (Aleurites, Aporusa, Bischofia,Breynia, Glochidion, Hevea, Manihot); Moraceae (Ficus, Morus); Myrtaceae (Psidium); Polygonaceae (Polygonum); Rosaceae (Rubus); Rubiaceae (Cinchona, Coffea, Mussaenda); Rutaceae (Citrus, Euodia); Sapindaceae (Schleichera); Sterculiaceae (Theobroma); Theaceae (Camellia); Verbenaceae (Tectona).

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