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Saturnia lindia (Moore, 1865) – Birch Emperor Moth

Saturnia grotei Moore, 1859 species group has numerous similar species. See Similar species section. 
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
All states
Similiar species:
The Saturnia grotei Moore, 1859 group consists of numerous species in the Himalayan range. Species in the Indian subcontinent are: 

Saturnia lindia Moore, 1865. J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand (?). 
Saturnia grotei Moore, 1859. West Bengal and Sikkim.
Saturnia paragrotei Naumann & Nässig, 2010. Nepal and Uttarakhand (?).
Saturnia rosalata Naumann & Nässig, 2010. Nepal.
Saturnia bonita (Jordan, 1911). Nepal, Sikkm, W. Bhutan.

The Uttarakhand populations of this species group are likely to be S. lindia, but could also be S. paragrotei
  1. Hampson, G. F. [1893]. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol. 1. Taylor & Francis, London. Pp. xxiii + 527. Saturniidae to Hypsidae, pg 23, # 19.
  2. Pittaway, A.R. 2017. Saturniidae of the Western Palaearctic (including Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, western Siberia and western Central Asia). [accessed 02 February 2017] [Site accessed: February 2, 2017] as Caligula lindia.
  3. Naumann, S. & Nässig, W.A., 2010. Revisional notes on the species-group of Saturnia grotei Moore, 1859 of the genus Saturnia Schrank, 1802 (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo, 31(1/2), pp.31-62.
  4. Ratnasingham, S. & Hebert, P. D. N. 2007. BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data System (website). [accessed 02 February 2017]
  5. Wikipedia contributors. Caligula lindia [Internet]. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia; 2016 Sep 18, 11:03 UTC [cited 2017 Feb 2]. Available from:

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Anonymous. 2022. Saturnia lindia (Moore, 1865) – Birch Emperor Moth. 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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