FAMILY SPHINGIDAE
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Meganoton nyctiphanes Walker
Macrosila nyctiphanes Walker, 1856, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln. Br. Mus. 8: 209.
Meganoton nyctiphanes Walker; Rothschild & Jordan, 1903: 35.


Meganoton nyctiphanes
(.65 natural size)


Diognosis.
The species is somewhat similar to M. rufescens and Psilogramma menephron but lacks a dark apical ornate band on the forewing and has a row of pale markings medially on the hindwing.

Geographical range. Indian Subregion to Sumatra and Borneo.

Habitat preference. The species appears to be rare in lowland forest.

Biology. The larva was described and illustrated by Bell & Scott (1937). It is bright green, the thorax strongly ridged transversely. There are broad, oblique, reddish-lilac tubercular stripes associated with the anal horn and with the first three abdominal segments. There is a glaucous white dorsal stripe; other oblique stripes are faint, bluish grey. The horn is bluish green.

The recorded host-plant (Bell & Scott) is Symphorema (Verbenaceae).

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