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Diphtherocome pallida (Moore, 1867)

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Similiar species:
Diphtherocome Warren, 1907 species known from the Indian subcontinent. 
Diphtherocome bigu Hreblay & Ronkay, 1999. Nepal. 
Diphtherocome brevipennis (Hampson, 1909). Tibet. 
Diphtherocome burmana Berio, 1973. Myanmar.
Diphtherocome discibrunnea (Moore, 1867). Bengal.
Diphtherocome pallida (Moore, 1867). India: Sikkim, West Bengal, Uttarakhand; Nepal. 
Diphtherocome nepalichlora Hreblay & Ronkay, 1999. Nepal.
Diphtherocome pallidipennis Hreblay & Ronkay, 1999. Nepal
Diphtherocome pseudovivida Hreblay & Ronkay, 1999. Nepal
Diphtherocome pallidula Hreblay & Plante, 1998. Tibet. 
Diphtherocome secreta Hreblay & Ronkay, 1999. Nepal.
Diphtherocome vigens (Walker, [1865]). India: West Bengal (Darjeeling: TL); Nepal. 
Diphtherocome fasciata (Moore, 1,888). India: Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand; Nepal. 
Diphtherocome chrysochlora (Hampson, 1897). India: Assam.
Diphtherocome chloronympha Hreblay, Peregovits & Ronkay, 1999. Nepal.
Diphtherocome thaumasia (Hreblay & Ronkay, 1998). Nepal. 

Similar species: Diphtherocome vigens (Walker, [1865]) and Diphtherocome pallida (Moore, 1867) are similar species. 
D. vigens: Smaller in size (WS: 40 mm). Antennae of male bipectinnate with short branches, the apical third ciliated. Hind wing with broad brownish subterminal band. Has black spots on forewing as marginal. 
D. pallida: Larger in size (WS: 46 mm). Antennae of male bipectinnate with moderate branches, the apical fourth ciliated. Forewing with strong black band beyond postmedial line. Forewing with black mark in submedian interspace, before postmedial line. Has black spots on forewing as submarginal. 
  1. OD: Diphthera pallida Moore, 1867. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London (vol. 1867, plate VI), Pg. 46, Pl. 6, Fig 6. Text at Plate at
  2. Hampson, G. F. 1894. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol. 2. Taylor & Francis, London. Arctiidae, Agrostidae, Noctuidae 609 p - 325 figs. Pg. 295, # 1967 as Diphthera pallida. Hampson lists fasciata as a form of pallida
  3. Seitz, A. (Ed.). 1912. Macrolepidoptera of the World Vol. 11: Indo-Australian Noctuiform Phalaenae. Pg. 33, Pl. 5.Lists both vigens and pallida.
  4. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1994. Moths of Nepal. Part 3. TINEA. Vol. 14 (Supplement 1). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl. 83/5.

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Anonymous. 2022. Diphtherocome pallida (Moore, 1867). In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 3.21. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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