View Image Gallery of Subfamily Hadeninae

Callopistria repleta Walker 
Callopistria repleta Walker, 1857, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 12: 865.
Eriopus repleta postpallida Prout, 1928, Bull. Hill Mus., Witley, 2: 72.

Callopistria repleta


This is a large but delicately built species with forewings contrastingly patterned in white, rufous, dark brown and grey with a mauvish tinge. The antemedial is angled diagnostically at one third from the dorsum rather than centrally, and the postmedial is only slightly sinuous, a fine white line edged finely with black on either side and then more broadly with paler colour; the veins are picked out white in the apical area of the wing, and there are spical and central white submarginal flecks well separate from each other as well as a more regular, fine, pale blue marginal line.

Taxonomic notes.
Sundanian material is referable to ssp. postpallida Prout, though facies differences (paler hindwings) are minor.

Geographical range.
India, China, Japan, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo.

Habitat preference.
The two Bornean specimens seen are from 1620m on G. Kinabalu and 1780m on G. Mulu, both in upper montane forest.

The larva has been illustrated by Mutuura et al. (1965) and Sugi (1987), and described by Sevastopulo (1947). It is bright green with a series of transverse black bars, edged yellow, dorsally in the centre of each of segments T2, TB, A2-6, A8. There is a fine, zig-zag subspiracular yellow line forming the dorsal boundary of a more continuous longitudinal area of black.

Pupation is in a slight, earth-covered cocoon on the soil surface. The pupal cremaster is a double spine.

The larva feeds on ferns but no specific genera are named in the literature.

  <<Back >>Forward <<Return to Contents page

Copyright Southdene Sdn. Bhd. All rights reserved.