Hulodes drylla Guenée, 1852
(one synonym : Hulodes hilaris A.E. Prout, 1921)
CATOCALINAE,   NOCTUIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on

  • Karnataka ( Xylia species, FABACEAE ).


    Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

    The adult moths are pale brown with variable markings, Sometimes they have a broad pale marginal band. Sometimes they have a large dark patch in the middle of each forewing. The forewings each have a hooked wingtip. The wingspan is about 6 cms.


    Photo by Arnold Schultze, listed as Hypopyra donata
    ,
    Philippine Journal of Science,
    Volume 2, Section A (1907), Plate 1, fig. 7,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The species Hulodes drylla has been found in :

  • Borneo,
  • Burma, and
  • India.

    There is controversy about whether the subspecies Hulodes drylla donata is itself a distinct species Hulodes donata (Schultze, 1907). It is found in

  • New Guinea,
  • Phillipines,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    wing undersides, photo by Arnold Schultze, listed as Hypopyra donata,
    Philippine Journal of Science,
    Volume 2, Section A (1907), Plate 1, fig. 7,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Hypogrammidae,
    in Boisduval & Guenée,
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 7 (1852), p. 209, No. 1609.

    Miss A.E. Prout,
    Noctuidae in the Joicey Collection,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Volume 8, Series 9 (1921), p. 27, No. 23.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 142.

    Arnold Schultze,
    Philippine Journal of Science,
    Volume 2, Section A (1907), p. 366, and also Plate 1, fig. 7.


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    (updated 27 February 2011, 8 August 2015)