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Histia flabellicornis (Fabricius, 1775)

Numerous subspecies of Histia flabellicornis are listed globally (Inoue, 1992). The South Indian population is considered as Histia flabellicornis nilgira Moore, 1879, while the rest of the Indian population is Histia flabellicornis flabellicornis (Fabricius, 1775) following Inoue (1992). The original description of Histia flabellicornis, the nominate species is from the Americas. Some authors lists Histia rhodope as the valid species. However, we follow Lepindex with Histia flabellicornis being the valid taxon, priority being given to this taxon based on year of publication by Fabricius.
Indian and global distribution:
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Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
Tamil Nadu
West Bengal
All states
Similiar species:
  1. Zygaena flabellicornis Fabricius, 1775; Syst. Ent.: 831. Text at
  2. Papilio rhodope Cramer, [1775]; Uitl. Kapellen 1 (1-7): pl. 30, f. E. Plate at
  3. Histia nilgira Moore, 1879. Descr. Lep. Ind. Atkinson: 18. S. India. Text at
  4. Hampson, G. [1893]. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol. 1. Taylor & Francis, London. Pp. xxiii + 527. Saturniidae to Hypsidae, pg 280, # 596.
  5. Inoue, H., 1992. Geographic variation of Histia flabellicornis (Fabricius) and H. libelluloides Herrich-Schaffer (Lepidoptera, Zygaenidae, Chalcosiinae). Tinea13, pp.145-164.
  6. Haruta, T. (Ed.). Moths of Nepal. pl 33/6.
  7. Light Creations (Hong Kong moths). [accessed 26 Oct. 2015]
  8. Singh, S. & Faisal, M. 2014. Epidemic of Histia flabellicronis ultima Hering (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae: Chalcosiinae) on Bischofia javanica Blume (Euphorbiaceae) in New forest, Dehradun, India. Indian Forester, [S.l.], p. 550-551. 


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Anonymous. 2021. Histia flabellicornis (Fabricius, 1775). 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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