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Lepidoptera > Geometroidea > Geometridae > Geometrinae > Dysphaniini > Dysphania

Dysphania militaris (Linnaeus, 1758)

Day flying moth. Feeds on flower nectar and moist patches.
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
Arunachal Pradesh
West Bengal
All states
Similiar species:
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.
Separating Dysphania militaris (Linnaeus, 1758) and Dysphania subrepleta excubitor (Moore, 1879).
Separating miltaris and subrepleta based on Han & Xue, 2011, Fauna Sinica
D. subrepleta: antemedial line of forewing complete except the interruption between CuA and anal fold: hind wing with discal spot connected with the patch below, or the latter obsolete or absent. 
D. militaris: antemedial line of forewing composed of discontinuous patches: hind wing with discal spot not connected with the patch below, the latter not obsolete. 
  1. Hampson, G. 1895. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol.3. Taylor & Francis, London. Noctuidae (cont.) to Geometridae . Pg. 468, # 3989
  2. Holloway, J. D. 1998. The Moths of Borneo. Part 9. Geometridae: Oenochrominae, Desmobathrinae, Geometrinae. accessed 9 April 2016

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Veino, J. & M.J. Rakoveine. 2022. Dysphania militaris (Linnaeus, 1758). In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 3.30. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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