Scopelodes venosa Walker, 1855 -

Taxonomic Information

List of Scopelodes Westwood, 1841 species known from India.
Scopelodes contracta Walker, 1855. India
Scopelodes kwangtungensis Hering, 1931. Nepal; Bangladesh; Myanmar; India: North India.
Scopelodes sericea Butler, 1880. Myanmar; India.
Scopelodes testacea Butler, 1886. Sri Lanka; Nepal; Bhutan; Bangladesh; Myanmar; India.
Scopelodes unicolor Westwood, 1841. Myanmar.
Scopelodes venosa Walker, 1855. Nepal; Bhutan; Bangladesh; Myanmar; India.
Scopelodes vulpina Moore, 1879. Nepal; Myanmar; India: Khasia Hills, Meghalaya, Darjeeling, West Bengal.
Scopelodes witti Solovyev & Giusti, 2017. India: Assam, Andamans.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Scopelodes venosa venosa -


Solovyev, A.V. & T.J. Witt, 2009: The Limacodidae of Vietnam. Entomofauna Supplement 16: 33-229. 
Comments. The species is distinguished from other species of Scopelodes Westwood,
1841 by the greyish brown coloration; the tufts of labial palps are yellow with black
apex; the abdomen is yellow with black transverse bands and black apex; the hindwings
are greyish brown with yellow fascia near veins and lower area is yellowish; the
forewings are dark with longitudinal dark and light shadows (Colour plate 12, fig. 7;
Colour plate 17, fig. 9). Externally, the species is similar to S. kwangtungensis Hering,
141 1931, but differs by black apex of labial tufts. It also differs in male genitalia, in S.
venosa
Walker, the uncus is more elongate apically.

Similar species & subspecies: 
ssp. bicolor, Wu & Fang, 2009 (extralimital) SE Asia - broader transverse black bands & also dorsal spots on the abdomen
ssp. aurogrisea, Moore, 1883, S India & Sri Lanka – very short transverse black bands on the abdomen
Scopelodes kwangtungensis Hering, 1931 Himalayas, NE India - clear white tufts of the third segment of labial palps (apex black in venosa)
Scopelodes dinawa, Bethune-Baker, 1904 (extralimital) New Guinea - transverse black bands on the abdomen not well defined
Scopelodes vulpina Moore, 1879 Himalayas, NE India – sexually dimorphic, males have FW brown or grey-brown with dark (upper) and pale (lower) longitudinal striae
 

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh31
Assam
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
Meghalaya1
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total311
  1. Scopelodes venosa Walker, 1855. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum, 5 , pg. 1105. Text at https://archive.org/details/listofspecimenso46brit/page/1105/mode/1up?view=theater
  2. Seitz, A. (Ed). 1931. The Macrolepidoptera of the World, Vol 10, pg. 689 & pl. 87e. Plate at https://archive.org/details/diegrossschmette10seit_0/page/87/mode/1up?view=theater 
  3. Moths of Nepal Part 2 Pl 39/26 & 27
  4. Solovyev, A.V. and Giusti, A., 2018. Revision of the genus Scopelodes Westwood, 1841 (Lepidoptera, Limacodidae) with description of 16 new species. Insect Systematics & Evolution, 49(5), pp.520-581. Fig. 135 for labial palpi (rufous brown with white tips & black apex) & Fig. 48/49. 
  5. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/521702-Scopelodes-venosa
  6. https://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=260916
  7. http://www.jpmoth.org/~dmoth/Digital_Moths_of_Asia/60_ZYGAENOIDEA/Limacodidae/19_Scopelodes/Scopelodes%20venosa/Scopelodes%20venosa.htm
     

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Scopelodes venosa Walker, 1855 – . 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/Scopelodes-venosa, accessed 2024/02/22.