Found as a larva in Choi Sai Woo Park, North Point, Hong Kong on June 10, 1999. Several more were found in May, 2000. Larval foodplant seemingly most preferred is Lagerstroemia indica (Crape-myrtle), though it has also been found on Hibiscus, Bauhinia, and Liquidamber. A 2nd instar larva was found the first week of April, 2002 in Shau Kei Wan.
1st instar larva, feeding on Liquidamber
A young larva, about 7 mm / 0.3 inch long.
The mature larva was about 23 mm / 0.9 inch.
The larva preparing to spin its cocoon.
The cocoon was typical for a Zygaenid moth, white in color.
These two larva have been parasitized by a small wasp species.
The lighter color of the one on the right may be due to unemerged wasp
larvae inside the caterpillar. Two such light colored larvae were found; both were parasitized.
The newly emerged female moth in rest position.
The moth emerged on June 17, 2000
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