Pygospila costiflexalis Guenée, 1854 -

Taxonomic Information

Pygospila Guenée, 1854 species known from India.
Pygospila bivittalis Walker, 1866. India.
Pygospila costiflexalis Guenée, 1854. W. &. S. India, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Meghalaya; Sri Lanka.
Pygospila cuprealis Swinhoe, 1892. NE India; Myanmar. 
Pygospila tyres (Cramer, [1780]). Indian subcontinent.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh11
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka112
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra13411
Manipur
Meghalaya11
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu11
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal1
Total11143713
  1. Pygospila costiflexalis Guenée, 1854. Hist. nat. Ins., Spec. gén. Lépid. 8: 313. TL: Bombay. Text at https://archive.org/stream/histoirenaturell08bois#page/313/mode/1up. 
  2. Hampson, G. F. 1896. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths,Vol. 4. Taylor & Francis, London. Pyralidae 594 p - 287 figs. Pg. 362, # 5058. 

Other Notes

Pygospila tyres is a similar species. 
Pygospila costiflexalis is cupreous-brown intead of shiny black. FW with the sub-basal line and a spot above it, near base, fulvous. Paired spots beyond cell and towards apex are separated, unlike P. tyres, where they are conjoined. Only two fulvous marginal spots above tornus (three white spots in P. tyres). HW spot above cell, absent. Male has a prominently flexed (indentated) costa, which is diagnostic. 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Pygospila costiflexalis Guenée, 1854 – . In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.73. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.mothsofindia.org/pygospila-costiflexalis, accessed 2024/04/18.