Miscellaneous Genera III
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Homodes crocea Guenée
Homodes crocea Guenée, 1852, Hist. nat. Insectes, Spec. gén. Lépid. 6: 280.

Homodes crocea

Diagnosis. This species and H. lassula Prout (see below) are the largest and palest species in Borneo, a bright orange with general facies typical of the genus. In crocea the forewing reniform is clearly picked out as two dark dots, and the orbicular is similar; the submarginals are clearly delineated. In lassula the stigmata are absent and the submarginals are more weakly defined, though the hindwing postmedial is more darkly punctate.

Geographical range. Indian Subregion, Andamans, Thailand (VK), Sundaland, Sulawesi, Seram, Kei, New Guinea, Bismarcks.

Habitat preference. The species is uncommon but specimens have been taken over a wide altitude range between the extremes of a boat amid mangrove in the Bay of Brunei and 1465m in montane forest on Bukit Retak.

Biology. See the generic account. Excoecaria (Euphorbiaceae) is recorded as a host plant (Robinson et al., 2001).

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