FAMILY SPHINGIDAE
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Theretra suffusa Walker
Chaerocampa suffusa Walker, 1856, List Specimens lepid. Colln. Br. Mus., 8: 146.
Theretra suffusa Walker; Rothschild & Jordan, 1903: 778.


Theretra suffusa
(.83 natural size)


Diagnosis.
See Theretra alecto Linnaeus; the dorsum of the hindwing is pink rather than black.

Geographical range. Japan, Oriental tropics to Sundaland.

Habitat preference. The species is infrequent, taken in similar open lowland habitats to T. alecto.

Biology. The mature larva is green (Bell & Scott, 1937; Dupont & Roepke, 1941) with a yellowish green dorsolateral line which runs through a complete line of abdominal ocellar markings as in T. alecto, The ocelli are partly green or brown, partly blue, circled with yellow or orange. The horn is blue, short, thick, strongly downcurved.

Host-plants have only been noted from the genus Melastoma (Melastomataceae).

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