hieroglyphica Drury, 1773, Ill.
harmonia Cramer,  1779, Uitlandsche Kapellen,
mygdonia Cramer,  1779, Uitlandsche Kapellen,
ulula Fabricius, 1781, Species Insectorum,
Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 29: 57.
Argiva hieroglyphica celebensis Hopffer, 1874, Stettin.
hieroglyphica tenebrata Prout, 1919, Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (9),
hieroglyphica Drury; Holloway, 1976: 29; Kobes, 1985: 26.
The smallest Bornean species, hieroglyphica shows a similar strong sexual dimorphism
to the next species. The male hindwing in both is reduced, rather triangular,
but in hieroglyphica the margin is distinctly trilobed; see
also the next species. In both sexes there is usually a pale cream to white bar
at the costa postmedially on the forewing, with a small pale patch in the centre
of the wing immediately posterior to the interior end of the bar. The
development of these pale marks, especially the width of the bar, is very
variable, better appreciated on the underside, and very occasionally they are
absent (e.g. in the Bornean male illustrated).
range. Oriental tropics to Sundaland the Philippines and Sulawesi.
preference. Only four specimens have been recorded in recent surveys, all
from Sabah: two females taken at light in lowland forest, at 300m near Tawau and
at 170m at the Danum Valley Field Centre; a male and female taken flying by day
at Mile 5 on the access road and at Bundu Tuhan at about 1200m near the Park
Headquarters of G. Kinabalu. Both the Kinabalu localities are partially cleared
and cultivated. Chey (1994) recorded a few specimens in softwood plantations at
Brumas in the lowlands of Sabah.
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