Saturday, August 1, 2009

Patial life history of Matapa druna

Matapa druna

The genus is represented from Sri Lanka and India to China, Sundaland, Philippines and Sulawesi. It's found in Malaysia but not Singapore.

The caterpilar is whitish, with orange head, and 2 black marking resembled eye. The host plant is bamboo sp. According to the earlier author, all the Matapa sp. are rare (except Matapa aria), all Matapa can be found in lowlands of Peninsula Malaysia.

The male of this species has an arcuate brand on the upperside forewing, which can be seen on the specimen below. The brand extending from the middle of vein 1b to below the base of space 3.

ID corrected as pointed out by Dr. Seow TL, previously recorded as Matapa cresta

  • The Butterflies of The Malay Peninsula, A.S. Corbet and H.M. Pendlebury, 4th Edition, Malayan Nature Society.

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