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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Notodontidae > Notodontinae > Stauropini > Stauropus

Stauropus alternus Walker, 1855 – Lobster Moth

Stauropus alternus alternus (NE India, E. Himalaya) and Stauropus alternus albescens (S. India, Sri Lanka) are treated as the two subspecies recorded from India. 
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Identification:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:

Moths of Borneo (http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-4/neostauropus/notodontidae_33_1.php) [accessed 15 January 2019] treats Stauropus albescens (S. India, Sri Lanka) as a separate species from Stauropus alternus. The former is paler and has differences in genitalia. Some authors treat albescens as a subspecies of Stauropus alternus, a treatment that has been followed here. The taxonomic status of albescens needs further investigation. 
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Assam
Karnataka
Kerala
All states
Similiar species:
Similar species: Stauropus sikkimensis
Typical Stauropus sikkimensis has post medial line curved rather than dentate. Medial area suffused with greenish.
Image at http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=284231  [accessed 08 June 2018]
References:
  1. OD: Stauropus alternus Walker, 1855; List Spec. Lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 5: 1020.
  2. Hampson, G. 1892. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol. 1. Taylor & Francis, London. Pp. xxiii + 527. Saturniidae to Hypsidae 527 p - 333 fig.  # 261, Pg. 149-150, Figure 91.
  3. http://www.jpmoth.org/~dmoth/75_Notodontidae/3074_Stauropus/3076%20Stauropus%20alternus/Stauropus%20alternus.htm
  4. http://www.nbair.res.in/insectpests/Neostauropus-alternus.php
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stauropus_alternus
  6. http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-4/neostauropus/notodontidae_33_1.php

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Singh, R & R. Kasambe. 2021. Stauropus alternus Walker, 1855 – Lobster Moth. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 2.61. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. http://www.mothsofindia.org/sp/356434/Stauropus-alternus
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