Atacira melanephra (Hampson, 1912) -

Taxonomic Information

Atacira Swinhoe, 1900 species known from India. 

Atacira chalybsa (Hampson, 1891). TL: Nilgiris, India. Oriental tropics. 

Atacira melanephra (Hampson, 1912). India: Sikkim; Sri Lanka. 
Atacira glauca (Prout, 1928). India (?). 

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Atacira melanephra -


StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka1
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra2
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
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  1. OD: Eutelia melanephra Hampson, 1912. Cat. Lep. Phalaenae Brit. Mus. 11: 35, pl. 174, f. 27; TL: Sikkim. Text (for key) at https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/101549#page/57/mode/1up. Text at https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/101549#page/57/mode/1up
  2. Seitz, A. (Ed.). 1912. The Macrolepidoptera of the World, Vol. 11, Pg. 355, Pl. 32d. Plate at https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/252298#page/569/mode/1up 
  3. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1993. Moths of Nepal. Part 2. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 3). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo.Pl. 42/14. 
  4. Kononenko, V. S. & A. Pinratana. 2005. Moths of Thailand, Volume 3: Noctuidae. An Illustrated Catalogue of the Noctuidae (Lepidoptera) in Thailand: Part 1: Herminiinae, Rivulinae, Hypeninae, Catocalinae, Aganainae, Euteliinae, Stictopterinae, Plusiinae, Pantheinae, Acronictinae and Agaristinae. Brothers of St. Gabriel in Thailand, Bangkok. 261 pp. + 45 pls.Pl. 36/13. 
  5. https://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-14/euteliinae/euteliinae_4_8.php
  6. http://insecta.pro/taxonomy/120343 http://www.jpmoth.org/~dmoth/80_Noctuidae/16_Euteliinae/3958.1Atacira_melanephra/Atacira_melanephra_960703_1.jpg
Note: Going by the description and key in Cat. Lep. Phalaenae Brit. Mus. 11, the reniform is rufous in chalybsa, black in melanephra. Rest of the description is insufficient for separation, including the key; hence provisionally identified. Best separated by comparing genitalia. 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Atacira melanephra (Hampson, 1912) – . In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.71. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.mothsofindia.org/atacira-melanephra, accessed 2024/02/23.