Miscellaneous Genera I
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Pilipectus cyclopis Hampson
Pilipectus cyclopis Hampson, 1912, J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc., 21: 1234.
Pilipectus cyclopis Hampson; Holloway, 1976: 36.

Pilipectus cyclopis

Pilipectus cyclopis

Diagnosis. There is sexual dimorphism, males with white hindwings with the costa greyish brown, and females with hindwings entirely greyish brown. The forewings are distinctive, with pale reticulation on dark brown, a dull bluish patch in the discal area and more blue on the margins.

Geographical range. Indian Subregion, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Bali, Sulawesi.

Habitat preference. All five recent records are from the lowlands (300m and below), where the species is uncommon; three are from areas of undisturbed forest and two from areas with secondary forest and open habitats.

Biology. Bell (MS) reared the larva in India. It is cylindrical, with the prolegs on A3 absent and those on A4 slightly reduced. The head is a pale yellowish ochreous, with tiny brown zig-zags on the vertex and laterally, and with the setae based on small blackish tubercles. The body has the segments well defined and is greenish white, lined finely longitudinally with white, though these lines are indistinct against the ground colour. There are five lines on each side, from subdorsal to supraspiracular; there is also a more wavy subspiracular line. The spiracles are white, rimmed finely with light brown.

The young larvae live stretched out under young, tender leaves. Pupation is on the soil surface between two leaves lightly joined and lined with silk. The pupa has no bloom.

The host plant is
Alseodaphne (Lauraceae).

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