Aiteta apriformis (Walker, 1857) -

Taxonomic Information

Aiteta Walker, 1856 species known from India (Joshi et al. 2021):
Aiteta apriformis (Walker, 1857). India: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh; Sri Lanka. 
Aiteta brooksi Holloway, 1976. IndiaL Andaman Is.. 
Aiteta damnipennis (Walker, 1865). Indian subregion. 
Aiteta musculina Walker, 1856. India: Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka; Sri Lanka; Nepal.
Aiteta rufoflava (Walker, [1857]). India: Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra.
Aiteta rufula Warren, 1912. India: Meghalaya (TL).  
Aiteta trigoniphora (Hampson, 1898). India: Meghalaya (TL), Himalayan region. 

Aiteta trunctata (Walker, 1858) is treated as a synonym of Aiteta musculina Walker, 1856.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Aiteta apriformis -


Similar species: Aiteta damnipennis (Walker, 1865)

  1. OD as Phanaca damnipennis Walker, 1865; List Spec. Lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 33: 857. Text at https://archive.org/details/listofspecimenso3334brit/page/857/mode/1up
  2. https://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-18/careini/careini_1_2.php
  3. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/699940-Aiteta-damnipennis
  4. Kononenko, Vladimir. 2013. Moths of Thailand Vol. 3 Noctuoidea: An illustrated Catalogue of Erebidae, Nolidae, Euteliidae and Noctuidae (Insecta, Lepidoptera) in Thailand. Plate 28/3-5.
  5. Aiteta damnipennis (Walker, 1865); Hampson, G. F. 1912. Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum. Vol. 11, Pg. 534, #6914.
  6. Brada damnipennis; Hampson, 1893. Ill. Het. Brit. Mus. Vol. 9. Pg. 101, Plate 159/7.

Keys to separate the similar species:
Aiteta apriformis: forewing with postmedial excurved from costa to vein 4, then slightly incurved. 
Aiteta damnipennis : forewing with postmedial excurved below costa and incurved at the discal fold and below vein 4. 
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/101549#page/557/mode/1up
Also, the antemedial in damnipennis is sinuous, while in apriformis it is straight and oblique.

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
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra1
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total1
  1. OD: Capotena apriformis Walker, 1857. List of the Specimens of lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum 11: 715. TL: Sri Lanka (female).
  2. Aiteta apriformis (Walker, 1857); Hampson, G. F. 1912. Catalogue of Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum. Vol. 11, Pg. 533, #6913, Plate 188/5.
  3. Kononenko, Vladimir. 2013. Moths of Thailand Vol. 3 Noctuoidea: An illustrated Catalogue of Erebidae, Nolidae, Euteliidae and Noctuidae (Insecta, Lepidoptera) in Thailand. Plate 28/6-7.

    Page citation

    Anonymous 2024. Aiteta apriformis (Walker, 1857) – . 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/aiteta-apriformis, accessed 2024/02/29.