Xyleutes strix Linnaeus
(Noctua) strix Linnaeus,
1758, Syst. Nat. (edn. 10) 1: 508.
1856, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln. Br. Mus. 7:1537.
1882,Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5), 10: 228.
Roepke, 1957: 20; Barlow, 1982: 41.
Diagnosis. This and the next species are similar in size and both have a
rectangular black patch just postdiscally on the forewing. However strix has
a black thorax and a bone white ground colour to the evenly reticulate forewings
whereas persona has a white thorax and the forewings mainly dull dark
brown except for a pale border on the dorsum and margin.
Taxonomic notes. Roepke placed Sulawesi (tigrata Houlbert) and Australasian (bubo
Butler) populations as distinct subspecies.
Geographical range. India, S.E. Asia, Sundaland, Philippines; Sulawesi;
Moluccas, New Guinea.
Habitat preference. During the Mulu survey the species was recorded
infrequently from various lowland forests, but most particularly alluvial
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