Comibaena inductaria (Guenée, 1898)
(previously known as Probolosceles inductaria)
(also known as Argyrocosma inductaria)
GEOMETRINAE ,   GEOMETRIDAE ,   GEOMETROIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male, drawing by George Francis Hampson, listed as Eucrostis smaragdus,

The Lepidoptera Heterocera of the Nilgiri district,
Part 8 (1891), Plate CLI, fig. 15,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Gerstein Library, University of Toronto.

The Caterpillar of this species is brownish-green with spiny warts and tubercles on its back, to which it attaches detritus. The caterpillar has been found feeding on the flowers of

  • Satinwood ( Buchanania species, ( ANACARDIACEAE ).

    The caterpillar pupates in a thin cocoon incorporating debris amongst the flowers.

    The adult moth is green, with a number of pink edged white spots on the wings, including, on each forewing: one near the middle, two on the costa, and one on the inner margin. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

    This species occurs across south-east Asia, and has been found in :

  • Borneo,
  • India,
  • Sri Lanka,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Uranides et Phalénites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 9 (1857), p. 370, No. 588.

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Lepidoptera Heterocera of the Nilgiri district,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum,
    Part 8 (1891), p. 110, and also Plate 151, fig. 15.


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    (updated 22 January 2010)