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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Noctuidae > Plusiinae > Argyrogrammatini > Thysanoplusia

Thysanoplusia orichalcea (Fabricius, 1775) – Slender Burnished Brass

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
Jammu and Kashmir
Madhya Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Uttar Pradesh
West Bengal
All states
Similiar species:
Thysanoplusia intermixta Warren, 1913. In orichalcea the end of the brass band towards the wing base is more wedged shape, more rounded in intermixta. In orichalcea, the position of the orbicular stigma is positioned mid way below the bottom portion of the greenish-golden finger. 

Diagnosis (Vide MOB). The pale lustrous green areas of the forewings are distinctive except for possible confusion with a congener, intermixta Warren (below), which occurs sympatrically with orichalcea throughout the Oriental tropics to Java but has not yet been recorded from Borneo. T. intermixta has a forewing green area of somewhat yellower tone, crossed by a more distinct irregular submarginal; the green area extends slightly less basad and is basally more blunt; the hindwings are paler, more yellowish.
  1. OD: Noctua orichalcea Fabricius, 1775. Syst. Ent.: 607. 
  2. Phalaena chrysitina Martyn, 1797. Psyche: pl. 21; TL: Madras. 
  3. Noctua aurifera Hübner, [1808-18], Samml. eur. Schmett. 4: fig. 463.
  4. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1993. Moths of Nepal. Part 2. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 3). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl.44:12
  7. Shashank, P.R. and Twinkle, S. 2018. Plusiinae of India. World Wide Web electronic publication. DST-SERB Project, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi, India.

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Anonymous. 2022. Thysanoplusia orichalcea (Fabricius, 1775) – Slender Burnished Brass. 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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