Ailanthus Defoliator

Eligma narcissus

The Ailanthus Defoliator, , is a moth in the Nolidae family. It is found in the Oriental tropics and subtropics of China, India, Sri Lanka, Java and Southeast Islands.
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Appearance

Head and thorax greyish-brown and spotted in black. Abdomen bright yellow with dorsal and lateral series of black spots. Fore legs are grey-brown and spotted with black. Mid and hind legs are yellowish with black spots on tibia. Tarsi grey-brown in color. Fore wings are greyish-brown where costal area is with an olive tinge. There is an irregular and diffused curved white fascia from base to apex. Some basal and sub-basal black spots. A waved black line runs from lower angle of cell to inner margin. A submarginal series of black spots, those towards outer angle conjoined into streaks. Hind wings are bright yellow in color. Apical area is black, suffused or streaked with dark blue, and terminating at vein 1b. Cilia whitish at tips.

Habitat

The larvae feed on ''Canarium'' and ''Ailanthus'' species, including ''Ailanthus fordii''. Young larvae skeletonise leaflets, while older larvae are defoliators. They are also found to feed on ''Ailanthus altissima'', ''Amygdalus persica'', and ''Toona sinensis'' from China.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyNolidae
GenusEligma
SpeciesE. narcissus
Photographed in
Philippines