Deuterocopus socotranus Rebel, 1907
(one synonym : Deuterocopus triannulatus Meyrick 1913)
DEUTEROCOPINAE ,   PTEROPHORIDAE ,   PTEROPHORIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Donald Hobern & Stella Crossley

Deuterocopus triannulatus
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

This caterpillar is mainly green with a pale brown head and a black prothorax. It has been found feeding on various species in VITACEAE, including:

  • Woolly Grape ( Vitis lanata )
  • Square-Stemmed Jungle Vine ( Cissus quadrangularis ),
  • Fox Grape ( Cayratia trifolia ), and
  • Taiwan Grape ( Cissus quinquangularis ).

    The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms. The wings are orange, with multiple lobes.

    The species has been found across Africa and Asia, including:

  • Hong Kong,
  • Ishigakijima (Japan),
  • Micronesia,
  • New Guinea,
  • Nigeria,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, Fig. 30.14, p. 332.

    Hans Rebel,
    Lepidopteren aus Südarabien und von der Insel Sokotra,
    Denkschriften der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften,
    Volume 71, Part 2 (1907), pp. 31-130, Plate 1.


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    (updated 17 June 2011)