Bombyx huttoni Westwood, 1847 -

Taxonomic Information

Bombyx species known from India. 
Bombyx incomposita (van Ecke, 1929). NE India. 
Bombyx huttoni Westwood, 1847. India: Uttarakhand (TL: Mussoorie); Himachal Pradesh, E. Himalaya; Nepal. 

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Bombyx huttoni -


Similar species: Bombyx incomposita (van Ecke, 1929)

OD: Theophila incomposita van Eecke, 1929. Zool. Meded. Leiden, 12: 65
http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-3/bombycidae/bombycidae_1_1.php  [accessed 23 September 2017]
http://www.jpmoth.org/~dmoth/Digital_Moths_of_Asia/80_BOMBYCOIDEA/05_BOMBYCIDAE/01_Bombyx/Bombyx%20incomposita/Bombyx%20incomposita.htm [accessed 23 September 2017]
http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=326339  [accessed 23 September 2017]

MOB notes 
Diagnosis. The grey falcate forewings with a black apical zone and fine, evenly curved fasciae are distinctive.
Taxonomic notes. Further dissection of Bombyx species has indicated that Sundanian material should be treated as distinct from Himalayan huttoni. The species is externally similar to huttoni, though specimens of the latter from the NW Himalaya have a double forewing postmedial, but the genitalia are relatively larger and more elongate. MOB states distribution is Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo. 
However, reported from Nepal. MON Pl 20/7 & 8. MOB states huttoni is known from NW Himalayas. Probably best separated by male genitalia, though MOB mentions huttoni has a double post-fiscal line on FW.

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam1
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland1
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura1
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand1
West Bengal
Total1111
  1. OD: Bombyx huttoni Westwood, 1847. Cabinet Orient. Ent.: 26, pl. 12, f. 4 http://archive.org/stream/cabinetoforienta00west#page/26/mode/1up [accessed 23 September 2017] and Plate at http://archive.org/stream/cabinetoforienta00west#page/n83/mode/1up
  2. Hampson, G. F. [1893]. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol. 1. Taylor & Francis, London. Pp. xxiii + 527. Saturniidae to Hypsidae 527 p - 333 fig. Pg 37, # 42 as Theophila huttoni.
  3. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1992-2000. Moths of Nepal. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 2). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo pl.57.16
  4. Smetacek, P. 2011. Notes on the Bombycidae (Insecta: Lepidoptera) of the Kumaon Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India. Bionotes 13(2): 72-74.
  5. Ratnasingham, S. & Hebert, P. D. N. 2007. BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data System (website). http://www.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=112157 [accessed 19 Jan 2017]

Note: Media code cg483 is probably Bombyx incomposita

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Bombyx huttoni Westwood, 1847 – . 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/bombyx-huttoni, accessed 2024/02/29.