Catephia linteola Guenée comb. rev.
linteola Guenée, 1852, Hist. Nat. Insectes, Spec. gén. Lépid.
pilipes Guenée, 1852, Hist. Nat. Insectes, Spec. gén. Lépid.
syba Guenée, 1852, Hist. Nat. Insectes, Spec. gén. Lépid.
leucocelis Mabille, 1879, Ann. Soc. ent. France (5),
accolytis Hampson, 1926, Descr. Gen. Spec. Noctuinae Br. Mus. p.
hieratica Hampson, 1926, Descr. Gen. Spec. Noctuinae Br. Mus. p.
monastica Hampson, 1926, Descr. Gen. Spec. Noctuinae Br. Mus. p.
magaruna de Joannis, 1932, Livre Centenaire, Soc. ent. Fr. p.
homotima Tams, 1935, Ins. Samoa, 3 (4): 220.
pilipes griveaudi Viette, 1968, Lambillionea 67:
Diagnosis. The largely dark grey-black forewings bear some
resemblance to those of the much larger Arcte species
(p. 28), but the white banding and submarginal and marginal spotting of the
hindwing are distinctive. See also the next species.
range. E. Africa, Madagascar, Indian Ocean, Indo-Australian and Pacific
tropics (see Holloway (1983) for an account of subspecies).
preference. The only Bornean specimen seen is from lowland forest at
300m in the Ulu Temburong of Brunei.
larva was described by Bell (MS). The prolegs on A3 and A4 are much smaller than
those on A5 and A6; all prolegs are rather long and protruded sideways, and the
anal prolegs are splayed at behind. A8 is swollen dorsally and bears a pair of
very prominent subdorsal tubercles. The neck (T1) is red and only visible when
the larva moves. The head is broader than T1, a greyish brownish green, lined
thinly with brown. The body has a similar ground colour to the head, finely
stippled with chocolate brown in parallel longitudinal lines. A5 and the
posterior of A4 are more darkly speckled dorsally. The tubercles of A8 are light
reddish brown. The ventral surface is whitish, with black patches between each
pair of true legs and between the prolegs of A3 and A4.
The pupa lacks a powdery bloom.
The host plant recorded by Bell was Terminalia (Combretaceae), to which Robinson et
(2001) added Lagerstroemia
The related N. episcopalis Hampson (New Guinea) was also reared from
& Ismay, 1983: 29).
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