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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Erebidae > Lymantriinae > Lymantriini > Lymantria

Lymantria marginata Walker, 1855

Like many other members in this genus the males and females are dimorphic and differ considerably from each other in appearance.
Indian and global distribution:
Western Himalayas east to Myanmar (Schintlmeister, 2004). Type form Sylhet, Bangladesh.
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
Andhra Pradesh
West Bengal
All states
Similiar species:
Lymantria hauensteini Schintlmeister, 2004 is the eastern representative of marginata, it is possible that it may occur in Arunachal Pradesh as it has been recorded close to the borders in N. Myanmar. Male marginata foreheads are brown and hauensteini white. The forewing of male hauensteini more contrasting and the ground colour more blackish.  Female hauensteini has more white markings.

In South India Lymantria fuliginosa Moore, 1883 is the other member of the subgenus Beatria that occurs in India.

List of Lymantria Hübner, [1819] species in India based on Schintlmeister, 2004 and Pogue, 2007

South and West India and Sri Lanka.

Lymantria detersa Walker, 1865. S. & W. India. 

Lymantria fuliginosa Moore, 1883. W. & S. India, Sri Lanka. 

Lymantria todara Moore, 1879. S. India, Sri Lanka. Sister species of L. similis

Lymantria grandis Walker, 1855. S India, Sri Lanka

Lymantria ampla (Walker, 1855). S. India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka. 

Lymantria aryama Moore, 1859. S. India, Nepal.

Lymantria subrosea subrosea Swinhoe, 1903. Tamil Nadu, Kerala.

Lymantria nussi Schintlmeister, 2004. S. India.

Lymantria kanara Collenette, 1951. S. India.


NW Himalaya & Nepal 

Lymantria incerta Walker, 1855. NW India. 

Lymantria obfuscata Walker, 1865. NW India. 

Lymantria moesta Swinhoe, 1903 NW India, Nepal. 

Lymantra serva Fabricius, 1793. NW. India, Nepal. 

Lymantria sobrina sobrina Moore, 1879. NW India.

Lymantria maxfischeri Schintlmeister, 2004. Nepal.

Lymantria liedgensi Schintlmeister, 2004. Uttarakhand.

Lymantria schnitzleri Schintlmeister, 2004. Nepal.

Lymantria semicincta (Walker, 1855). NW. Himalaya.


E. Himalaya 

Lymantria obsoleta obsoleta Walker, 1855. NE India. 

Lymantria similis Moore, 1879. Bhutan, NE India. 

Lymantria bivittata bivittata Moore, 1879. C. & E. Himalaya, NE India, Andamans.

Lymantria brotea lepcha Moore, 1879. E. Himalaya.

Lymantria iris Strand, 1911, formerly ssp of obsoleta. NE India (Meghalaya)

Lymantria grisea grisea Moore, 1879. NE India.

Lymantria subrosea singapura Schintlmeister, 2004NE India. 


Lymantria marginata Walker, 1855. Himalaya, NE India, Bangladesh. 

Lymantria concolor concolor Walker, 1855. N. India, Bangladesh.

Lymantria mathura Moore, 1866. Himalaya, NE India.

Lymantria albolunulata Moore, 1879. Himalaya.

Lymantria costalis Walker, 1865. Sri Lanka, “India”. 


Andamans only

Lymantria grigorievi Schintlmeister, 2004. Andamans.

Lymantria brotea rudloffi Schintlmeister, 2004. Andamans.

Lymantria swetlanae Schintlmeister, 2004. Andamans.

Lymantria siniaevi Schintlmeister, 2004. Andamans.

Lymantria sublunata thomasi Schintlmeister, 2004. Sikkim, Andamans.

  1. Lymantria marginata Walker, 1855. List Spec. Lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 4: 877; TL: Silhet. Text at
  2. Lymantria pusilla Felder, 1874. Reise Fregatte Novara, Bd 2 (Abth. 2) (4): pl. 99, f. 3; TL: Bengal. Plate at
  3. Lymantria nigra Moore, 1888. Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1888: 399; TL: Kangra Valley. Text at
  4. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1993. Moths of Nepal. Part 2. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 3). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl.55/17-18. 
  5. Schintlmeister, A. 2004. The Taxonomy of the genus Lymantria HÜBNER [1819] (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). 1- 248. Quadrifina 7. Pdf  pg.118 plate (pg.121) fg.481-486,518.
  6. Pogue, M. G & P. W. Schaefer. 2007. A review of selected species of Lymantria Hübner (1819) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Lymantriinae) from subtropical and temperate regions of Asia, including the descriptions of three new species, some potentially invasive to North America. Available as Pdf, pg 104 for text; pg 151 for pl 4 fig 9.

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Anonymous. 2021. Lymantria marginata Walker, 1855. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 2.61. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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