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Hypocala deflorata

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Superfamily  Noctuoidea
Scientific name  Hypocala deflorata
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Family  Erebidae
Rank  Species
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Similar  Hypocala subsatura, Ericeia inangulata, Anticarsia irrorata, Grammodes geometrica, Mocis frugalis

Hypocala deflorata is a moth of the Erebidae family. It is widespread from India, Sri Lanka to Africa and to Australia and many Pacific islands. Records include China, Borneo, Queensland, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Rotuma, Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii, Norfolk Island and New Zealand.



Full-grown larva are about 45 mm. There is a green and a black form, as well as an intermediate form with a mostly black head, and much blackish mottling on the dorsal part.

The pupa is about 22 mm in length and is medium dark brown. Pupation takes place in a cell in the soil, or beneath trash on the surface. The cell is supplied with a few fibers of silk. The pupal period is 13–17 days.

In adult, head, thorax and fore wings are pale violaceous grey. Hind wings with large orange area. Marginal black area reduced and the two orange spots conjoined. Ventral side black on fore wing reduced to two bars, and that on hind wing also much reduced.


The larvae feed on Diospyros pallens, Diospyros villosa, Diospyros dichrophylla, Diospyros lycioides, Maba sandwicensis, Royena and Sapota species.


  • Hypocala deflorata deflorata
  • Hypocala deflorata australiae (Queensland, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Rotuma, Fiji, Samoa, Norfolk Island, New Zealand)
  • References

    Hypocala deflorata Wikipedia

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