noctilio Fabricius, 1794, Ent. Syst. III,
capella Guenée, 1852, Hist. Nat. Insectes, Spec. gén. Lépid.
This species is distinguished from the other two Bornean species by its broader
forewings with a large reniform that is distinctly paler.
range. Indo-Australian tropics east to Samoa, New Caledonia and Tonga,
also the Marianas and western Carolines.
preference. Only one Bornean specimen has been seen, from an area of
disturbed lowland forest at Tamparuli in Sabah.
descriptions of larvae of L. alope from the Indian Subregion (e.g. Moore,
1884-1887; Semper, 1896-1902; Gardner, 1947) probably apply to noctilio,
as do their host plants, though Robinson et al. (2001)
still listed some under alope.
prolegs on both A3 and A4 are very small (as distinct for the situation in uniformis
see below), and there are strong, tapering subdorsal tubercles on A8. Moore
illustrated a slender green larva, but Gardner referred to spiritpreserved
material with stippling of black or brown that tended to form lines or bands.
Semper illustrated a green larva with longitudinal striae.
plants listed by Robinson et al. for
and excluding those from Bell’s account (see uniformis below), are mostly from Caesalpinia
but also include Pisonia (Nyctaginaceae) and Canthium
These non-leguminous records, reproduced by Barlow (1982), are derived from a
review of the old literature by Sevastopulo (1941b); the records originated from
Thwaites in Moore (1884-1887). Semper (1896-1902)
his larva from Callicarpa (Verbenaceae).
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