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Lepidoptera > Pyraloidea > Crambidae > Spilomelinae > Herpetogrammatini > Herpetogramma

Herpetogramma phaeopteralis (Guenée, 1854) – Tropical Sod Webworm

Herpetogramma phaeopteralis 
and Herpetogramma licarsisalis 
are best separated using external morphology, genitalia and molecular data. 
Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
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Similar species: Herpetogramma licarsisalis 

(Walker, 1859)

Hampson, FBI, Vol. 4, pg. 402. Differs from H. licarsisalis in being usually slightly darker, with a slight purplish suffusion, and the discocellular spot of fore wing more prominent. Forewing with no tuft of hair on underside of costa. Fore legs not clothed with hair near the femero-tibial joint.

Herpetogramma basalis (Walker, [1866]). Sri Lanka; India.
Herpetogramma coptobasalis (Hampson, 1899). Bhutan.
Herpetogramma cynaralis (Walker, 1859). Sri Lanka.
Herpetogramma latifuscalis (Hampson, 1899). Bhutan.
Herpetogramma mellealis (Swinhoe, 1890). Myanmar.
Herpetogramma nigricornalis (Swinhoe, 1894). India: Assam, Meghalaya.
Herpetogramma subalbescens (Swinhoe, 1894). India: Meghalaya.
Herpetogramma stultalis (Walker, 1859). Sri Lanka.

  1. OD: Botys phaeopteralis Guenée, 1854. Hist. nat. Ins., Spec. gén. Lépid. 8349
  2. Hampson, G. F. 1896. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol.4. Taylor & Francis, London. Pyralidae 594 p - 287 figs.Pg. 402. As Pachyzancla phaeopteralis.
  3. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1998. Moths of Nepal. Part 5. TINEA. Vol. 15 (Supplement 1). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl. 142/26
  4. Landry, B., 2020. Taxonomic revision of the Spilomelinae (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae sl) of the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. Revue suisse de Zoologie, 123 (2), pp.315-399. Fig. 20-21. 



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Anonymous. 2022. Herpetogramma phaeopteralis (Guenée, 1854) – Tropical Sod Webworm. 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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