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Antheraea roylei Moore, 1858 – Himalayan Oak Tasar Silk Moth

Replaces Antheraea pernyi roylei, which was earlier on the website. See notes on similar species. 
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
Arunachal Pradesh
West Bengal
All states
Similiar species:
Antheraea pernyi is an extralimital species, which has been bred in captitivty in India for sericulture, but is considered of genetic origin from Antheraea roylei. Wild populations of this species in India are likely to be Antheraea roylei (Peigler, 2012).
A similar species also found in Indian Himalayas is Antheraea knyvetti

List of Antheraea Hübner, [1819] species known from India.
Antheraea andamana Moore, 1877. India: Andamans.
Antheraea assamensis Helfer, 1837. Myanmar; India: North India, Assam.
Antheraea cingalesa Moore, 1883. Sri Lanka.
Antheraea helferi Moore, 1859. India: NE Himalaya.
Antheraea imperator Watson, 1913. India: NE Himalaya.
Antheraea jana (Stoll, 1782). Myanmar; India: Andamans Is.
Antheraea paphia Linnaeus, 1758 (= A. mylitta). Sri Lanka; India.
Antheraea roylei Moore, 1859. Nepal; Myanmar; India: Himalayas.
Antheraea yamanai (Guénerin-Méneville, 1861). Sri Lanka; India: North India.

  1. OD: Antheraea roylei Moore, 1858. Cat. Lep. Ins. Mus. E. I. House. 2, 397, no 919. 
  2. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1992. Moths of Nepal. Part 1. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 2). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl. 26/4. 
  3. Peigler, R.S., 2012. Diverse evidence that Antheraea pernyi (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) is entirely of sericultural origin. Tropical Lepidoptera Research, 22(2), pp.93-99.
  4. Kitching, I.J., Rougerie, R., Zwick, A., Hamilton, C.A., St Laurent, R.A., Naumann, S., Mejia, L.B. and Kawahara, A.Y., 2018. A global checklist of the Bombycoidea (Insecta: Lepidoptera). Biodiversity data journal, (6).
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Anonymous. 2022. Antheraea roylei Moore, 1858 – Himalayan Oak Tasar Silk 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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