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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Noctuidae > Noctuinae > Prodeniini > Spodoptera

Spodoptera litura (Fabricius, 1775) – Cotton Leafworm, Tobacco Cutworm

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Identification:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory
Karnataka
Kerala
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Meghalaya
Nagaland
Odisha
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
All states
Similiar species:
Spodoptera Guenée, 1852 species known from the Indian region
Spodoptera apertura (Walker, 1865) (Prodenia). Oriental tropics.
Spodoptera cilium Guenée, 1852. Old World tropics. 
Spodoptera exempta (Walker, [1857]) (Agrotis). Oriental tropics. 
Spodoptera exigua (Hübner, [1808]) (Noctua). Oriental tropics. 
Spodoptera litura (Fabricius, 1775)(Noctua). Oriental tropics. 
Spodoptera mauritia (Boisduval, 1833)(Hadena). Oriental tropics. 
Spodoptera pecten Guenée, 1852. Indo-Australian tropics. 
Spodoptera picta (Guérin-Méneville, [1838])(Polia). Oriental tropics. 
Spodoptera pectinicornis (Hampson, 1895) (Xanthoptera). NE Himalaya.
References:
  1. OD: Noctua litura Fabricius, 1775. Syst. Ent.: 601. Text (in French) at https://archive.org/details/systemaentomolog00fabr/page/601/mode/1up?view=theater
  2. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1992. Moths of Nepal. Part 1. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 2). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo pl.16:9.
  3. Gurule, S & S. M. Nikam. 2013. The moths (Lepidoptera: Heterocera) of northern Maharashtra: a preliminary checklist. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5(12): 4693–4713; http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o2555.4693-713. Image 245.
  4. inaturalist.org. http://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/124875-Spodoptera-litura [accessed 25 August 2016]
  5. jpmoth.org. Digital Moths of Asia. http://www.jpmoth.org/Noctuidae/Hadeninae/Spodoptera_litura.html [accessed 25 August 2016]
  6. https://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-12/amphipyrinae/amphipyrinae_11_7.php
  7. http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/acro/litura.html

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Sondhi, S. 2022. Spodoptera litura (Fabricius, 1775) – Cotton Leafworm, Tobacco Cutworm. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 3.30. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. http://www.mothsofindia.org/sp/355733/Spodoptera-litura
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