new Indian lepid. Insects Colln W.S. Atkinson, p. 154.
The forewing shape and facies is diagnostic, particularly the distal margin with
its falcate apex and dentate process dividing the more dorsal half. Facies
features of note on the dark greyish ground are the paler grey antemedial band,
transverse white dash of the reniform and submarginal black flecks near the
range. Indian Subregion, Vietnam (Zilli, 1999), Thailand (VK), S. China,
Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Bali, Borneo.
preference. The species is uncommon in lowland forest, occurring in heath
and alluvial forest as well as hill dipterocarp forest, and has been taken more
rarely in lower montane forest up to 1000m. The species was recorded mostly in
the understorey of primary forest in the vicinity of the Danum Valley Field
Centre (S.J. Willott, unpublished data).
Bell (MS) reared the species from the egg, which is a depressed, light green
dome. The hatchlings are a green-tinged honey-yellow, the darker setae arising
from blackish green spots.
mature larva has the prolegs on A3 half-sized and those on A4 only slightly
reduced. It is cylindrical, though tapers slightly over the thoracic segments to
the head. A8 is slightly domed and supports slightly larger dorsolateral
tubercles than those elsewhere on the body. The head is orange. The body is
banded black and bluish white transversely with two black bands per segment,
except T1 is yellow, dotted black with the setal bases. A8 is orange, somewhat
young larvae rest by the ribs of the undersides of the very young leaves on
which they feed and on which the eggs are laid. Pupation is in a cell under a
few pieces of leaf that the larva has cut off and placed over itself. The cell
is on the upper surface of a leaf or elsewhere, and is cemented into a
semi-ovoid cocoon with silk.
plant was Mallotus (Euphorbiaceae). Robinson et
also recorded Ficus (Moraceae) as a host plant in Hong Kong.
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