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Lacera uniformis Holloway
Lacera uniformis Holloway, 1979: 502.

Lacera uniformis

Diagnosis. See the previous species.

Geographical range. Indian Subregion, Sundaland and east to Queensland and Vanuatu.

Habitat preference. Three specimens have been recorded from the Danum Valley area of Sabah, two in primary forest at 100-150m near the Field Centre and one at 900m in stunted hill forest on Bukit Monkobo.

Biology. Bell described the larva of a species he attributed to L. alope, but it was probably uniformis, as Holloway (1979) typified this species on a long series of Bell material.

The larva was stated to be ophiusine in shape, with prominent, conical subdorsal tubercles on A8. The prolegs on A3 are very small, those on A4 half size. The head is relatively small, green to yellowish green or yellow, with marbling of rufous brown or blackish laterally. The body is green, variably mottled with brownish green, concentrated to some extent in longitudinal dotted lines and bands. The setae arise from white spots. The tubercles of A8 are various shades of rose, orange and yellow. The ventral surface is whitish with a central green band, with black patches between the prolegs of A3 and A4.

The larvae lie full stretched along leaf and ribs, eating tender young leaves or leaflets. Motion is by marked looping, and the larva falls to the ground on disturbance. Pupation is in the shrub or on the tree in a cell of leaves, leaflets or detritus drawn together and lined with silk. The pupa has a well developed bluish-white, powdery bloom.

The host plants noted were
Moullava (as Wagatea) and Caesalpinia (Leguminosae).

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