AppearanceHindwing of male with no fold or glandular tuft on inner margin. Head and thorax yellowish. Collar and tegula each with two black spots.
Each thoracic segment with one each black spot. Third joint of palpi black and abdomen whitish. Forewing white with five interrupted scarlet bands with series of black spots between them.
A marginal series of black spots present. Hindwings are semi-diaphanous white, but some specimen with black on the discocellulars. A very irregular black sub-marginal band, broad at apical area and between veins 1b and 3. Larva dark grey with a dorsal white band and sub-dorsal series of red spots.
Head yellow. It pupates in a loose cocoon that spun in the leaf litter on the ground below the food plant.
NamingThe species was first described by George Hampson in 1907.
⤷ "Utetheisa pulchelloides pulchelloides" Hampson, 1907
⤷ "Utetheisa pulchelloides aphanis" Jordan, 1939
⤷ "Utetheisa pulchelloides darwini" Jordan, 1939 Islands)
⤷ "Utetheisa pulchelloides marshallorum" Rothschild, 1910
⤷ "Utetheisa pulchelloides papuana" Jordan, 1939
⤷ "Utetheisa pulchelloides umata" Jordan, 1939
⤷ "Utetheisa pulchelloides vaga" Jordan, 1939
"Utetheisa salomonis" may also belong into this species.
HabitatThe larvae feed on "Argusia argentea", "Echium plantagineum", "Heliotropium arborescens" and "Myosotis arvensis".
MigrationAdults undertake extensive and frequent migratory flights and can reach the most remote oceanic islands, such as Henderson Island and Ducie Island.
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