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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Noctuidae > Agaristinae > Episteme

Episteme adulatrix (Kollar, [1884])

Indian and global distribution:
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Adult moth observations that have been databased:
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
West Bengal
All states
Similiar species:
Episteme adulatrix Kollar, 1884 and E. nigripennis Butler, 1875 (a Sri Lanka species) do not have any any orange basally on the HW. The only orange on the HW is two orange spots towards the tornus which in the case of nigripennis is very much reduced. In E. nigripennis the white submarginal markings on both wings are smaller when compared with E. adulatrix.
Episteme maculatrix
Westwood, 1841, large white discal spots are smaller and usually separate. HW 2/3 basally orange (unlike E. adulatrix) with a large irregular dark patch from dorsum.
Episteme lectrix Linnaeus 1764 (A Chinese species) FW similiar to adulatrix, HW similiar to maculatrix
  1. Episteme adulatrix. In accessed 23 August 2015
  2. Episteme adulatrix. (2014, August 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11:58, August 23, 2015, from
  3. Hampson, G. 1894. Moths 2. Arctiidae, Agrostidae, Noctuidae 609 p - 325 figs, pg. 152, #1561 as Eusemia adulatrix
  4. Kononenko, V. S. & A. Pinratana. 2005. Moths of Thailand, Volume 3: Noctuidae. An Illustrated Catalogue of the Noctuidae (Lepidoptera) in Thailand: Part 1: Herminiinae, Rivulinae, Hypeninae, Catocalinae, Aganainae, Euteliinae, Stictopterinae, Plusiinae, Pantheinae, Acronictinae and Agaristinae, pl 40/5

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Anonymous. 2022. Episteme adulatrix (Kollar, [1884]). 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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