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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Erebidae > Boletobiinae > Aventiini > Laspeyria

Laspeyria ruficeps (Walker, 1864)

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
All states
Similiar species:
Laspeyria Germar, 1810 species known from the Indian subcontinent.
Laspeyria castaneiceps (Hampson, 1896) (Corgatha). Sri Lanka (TL).
Laspeyria excisa (Hampson, 1894). (Corgatha). India: Manipur (TL). 
Laspeyria olivata (Hampson, 1902). (Corgatha). India: Sikkim (TL), Assam. 
Laspeyria ruficeps (Walker, 1864) (Thermesia). India: Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka; Sarawak, Borneo (TL). 
Laspeyria viridicincta (Hampson, 1898) (Zethes). India: Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Meghalaya (TL: Khasi Hills). 
  1. OD: Thermesia ruficeps Walker, 1864. Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (Zoology) 7: 187. (Syntypes: Borneo, Sarawak, BMNH, Oxford).Text at
  2. Kendrick, R. 2002. Moths (Insecta : Lepidoptera) of Hong Kong. Plate 41/22 as Corgatha ruficeps.
  3. Kononenko, V. S. & A. Pinratana. 2013. Moths of Thailand, Volume 3: Noctuoidea Part 2: Addendum to Vol. 3, Part 1, Families Erebidae, Nolidae, Euteliidae, Noctuidae and Checklist. Pl 9/12-13.
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Note: Its is likely the specimen codes cq899, cr115 and cr116, all from NE India, represent a different species of Laspeyria and have the following differences from traditional ruficeps from peneninsular India: wings heavily tinged with pink, forewing more deeply excised near apex and not evenly curved, but oblique in the middle, and the antemedial being broader than ruficeps.

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Anonymous. 2022. Laspeyria ruficeps (Walker, 1864). 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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