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Dysphania nelera (Swinhoe, 1891)

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Similiar species:
Dysphania palmyra: the entire dark blue apex, UPF, has sub-apical and discal blue spots. 
Dysphania nelera: Similar to palmyra, but UPH has marginal golden yellow spots. 
Dysphania percota: the enitre UPF apex is dark blue up to the discal area, with only a few small spots near costa.

Dysphania palmyra lacks the yellow spots on HW. While Hampson (1895) lists nelera as a form of palmyra, Lepindex lists this as a separate species. Further works needs to be done to ascertain whether nelera is a valid taxon, or just a form of palmyra.

Dysphania Hübner, [1819] species known from the Indian subcontinent (Kirti et al. 2019 and Lepindex).
Dysphania andamana (Moore, 1877). Andamans. 
Dysphania alloides Prout, 1916. Andamans, Port Blair
Dysphania glaucescens glaucescens (Walker, 1862). Indian Himalayas.
Dysphania flavidiscalis Warren, 1895. Myanmar.
Dysphania jessica (Swinhoe, 1908). Nicobars, Nancoury; Andamans, Port Blair.
Dysphania malayanus recessa (Walker, 1862). Darjeeling, West Bengal.
Dysphania militaris (Linnaeus, 1758). N. India. Uttarakhand east to NE. India. 
Dysphania nelera (Swinhoe, 1891). Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala.
Dysphania palmyra (Stoll, [1790]). Maharashtra, Karnataka; Sri Lanka. 
Dysphania percota (Swinhoe, 1891). Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala. 
Dysphania porphyroides Prout, 1917. Andaman Islands.
Dysphania prunicolor (Moore, 1879). Sri Lanka. 
Dysphania subrepleta excubitor (Moore, 1879). Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.
  1. OD: Euschema nalera Swinhoe, 1891. New species of moths from Southern India. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London. Pg 133-154 at [accessed 13 July 2017]  
  2. Hampson, G. 1895. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol.3. Taylor & Francis, London. Noctuidae (cont.) to Geometridae 546 p - 226 figs. Pg.470, # 3996.

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Anonymous. 2022. Dysphania nelera (Swinhoe, 1891). 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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