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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Noctuidae > Noctuinae > Leucaniini > Tiracola

Tiracola aureata Holloway, 1989

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:
Tiracola plagiata (Walker, 1857).

Best separated from plagiata by genitalia. 

Vide Moths of Borneo.
This (aureata) is a slightly larger species than plagiata, the forewings and thorax a somewhat golden fawn rather than pale greyish brown. The facies and variability are as in plagiata.The pale submarginal line of the forewing, when prominent, is distinctly yellow. The basal zone of the forewing underside may be dull reddish compared with brown in plagiata. 

However Wakabiti & Yoshimatsu 2013 state that size of aureata and plagiata are not a good indicator, and genitalia remain the best mean of separation. 
  1. [accessed 24 May 2020]
  2. Watabiki, D. and Yoshimatsu, S.I., 2013. Distinguishing the externally similar imagines of Tiracola plagiata and T. aureata whose forewing lengths were shown to overlap (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). Lepidoptera Science, 64(3), pp.123-127.
  3. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1992. Moths of Nepal. Part 1. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 2). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl. 14/27.


Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Noctuidae > Noctuinae > Leucaniini > Tiracola

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Anonymous. 2021. Tiracola aureata Holloway, 1989. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 2.61. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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