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I'm manager of the Children's Garden in Singapore Botanic Gardens. I'm most into ecology and pollination biology.
This is a Mussaenda, a shrub in the Coffe family Rubiaceae. Popular landscaping plants in the tropics. No idea if there are native Mussaenda in Palawan, but it's possible. This one looks a bit like M.divaricata but that's a bit of a stab in the dark really
Gorgeous Dan! Came to this while researching a possible Hypopyra spotting here in Singapore. Better change the common name to Noctuid though, it's Noctuidae not Geometridae. Hope your next set of travels yields as many wonders!
Hello Andrea, this is a very interesting spotting as there aren't so many feeding records for Daphnis hypothous (which isn't the Oleander hawkmoth btw, that's Daphnis nerii) and there aren't any for Dilleniaceae. I'm pretty sure this plant isn't Dillenia suffruticosa. It reminds me of Nauclea orientalis, which would also be a new feeding record but would correspond to other records on plants in the family Rubiaceae. Do you have any other photos which show more of the plant? Also, did you actually observe the caterpillar feeding or see signs of herbivory nearby on the plant? Many thanks!