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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Noctuidae > Aediinae > Aedia

Aedia leucomelas complex (Linnaeus, 1758)

Best separated from Aedia acronyctoides by comparing genitalia/molecular phylogeny. 


Indian and global distribution:
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Aedia species from the Indian subcontinent
Aedia acronyctoides (Guenée, 1852). (Widespread).
Aedia hollowayi Haruta, 1993. (Nepal).
Aedia intrahens (Walker, 1858). (NE Himalaya). 
Aedia leucomelas (Linnaeus, 1758). (Widespread). 
Aedia lichenea (Hampson, 1895). (Bhutan). 
Aedia melanica (Hampson, 1926) (Sikkim).
Aedia perdicipennis (Moore, 1882). (NE Himalaya). 
  1. Phalaena (Noctua) leucomelas Linnaeus, 1758; Syst. Nat. (Edn 10) 1518; TL: [Europe]. Text 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 482, # 2462 as Catephia acronyctoides.
  3. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1993. Moths of Nepal. Part 2. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 3). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl. 52/17 for Aedia leucomelas
  4. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1994. Moths of Nepal. Part 3. TINEA. Vol. 14 (Supplement 1). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl. 90/7 for Aedia acronyctoides.
  5. Kononenko, V. S. & A. Pinratana. 2005. Moths of Thailand, Volume 3: Noctuidae. An Illustrated Catalogue of the Noctuidae (Lepidoptera) in Thailand: Part 1: Herminiinae, Rivulinae, Hypeninae, Catocalinae, Aganainae, Euteliinae, Stictopterinae, Plusiinae, Pantheinae, Acronictinae and Agaristinae. Brothers of St. Gabriel in Thailand, Bangkok. 261 pp. + 45 pls. Pl. 22/26-29. 
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Anonymous. 2022. Aedia leucomelas complex (Linnaeus, 1758). In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 3.21. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. complex
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