Dysphania nelera (Swinhoe, 1891) -

Taxonomic Information

Dysphania Hübner, [1819] species known from the Indian subcontinent (Kirti et al. 2019 and Lepindex).

Dysphania andamana (Moore, 1877). Andamans. 

Dysphania alloides Prout, 1916. Andamans, Port Blair

Dysphania glaucescens glaucescens (Walker, 1862). Indian Himalayas.

Dysphania flavidiscalis Warren, 1895. Myanmar.

Dysphania jessica (Swinhoe, 1908). Nicobars, Nancoury; Andamans, Port Blair.

Dysphania malayanus recessa (Walker, 1862). Darjeeling, West Bengal.
Dysphania militaris (Linnaeus, 1758). N. India. Uttarakhand east to NE. India. 

Dysphania nelera (Swinhoe, 1891). Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala.

Dysphania palmyra (Stoll, [1790]). Maharashtra, Karnataka; Sri Lanka. 

Dysphania percota (Swinhoe, 1891). Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala. 

Dysphania porphyroides Prout, 1917. Andaman Islands.

Dysphania prunicolor (Moore, 1879). Sri Lanka. 

Dysphania subrepleta excubitor (Moore, 1879). Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

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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
Karnataka
Kerala1
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra61114
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu1
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total711114

Dysphania nelera (Swinhoe, 1891): Garcinia indica (Clusiaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010).

  1. OD: Euschema nalera Swinhoe, 1891. New species of moths from Southern India. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London. Pg 133-154 at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/33776996#page/241/mode/1up. [accessed 13 July 2017]  
  2. Hampson, G. F. 1895. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol.3. Taylor & Francis, London. Noctuidae (cont.) to Geometridae 546 p - 226 figs. Pg.470, # 3996.

 

Other Notes

Dysphania palmyra: the entire dark blue apex, UPF, has sub-apical and discal blue spots. 
Dysphania nelera: Similar to palmyra, but UPH has marginal golden yellow spots. 
Dysphania percota: the enitre UPF apex is dark blue up to the discal area, with only a few small spots near costa.

Dysphania palmyra lacks the yellow spots on HW. While Hampson (1895) lists nelera as a form of palmyra, Lepindex lists this as a separate species. Further works needs to be done to ascertain whether nelera is a valid taxon, or just a form of palmyra.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Dysphania nelera (Swinhoe, 1891) – . 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/dysphania-nelera, accessed 2024/03/05.