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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Erebidae > Lymantriinae > Nygmiini > Somena

Somena similis (Moore, [1860])

Indian and global distribution:
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Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
Province No. 4
Tamil Nadu
All states
Similiar species:
Somena scintillans Walker, 1856 is a similar species; best separated by genitalia. 

Notes on species from Moths of Borneo
“Somena similis is often confused with the Indian type species (Somena scintillans), but the latter has a broader yellow forewing border in the male, with correspondingly longer brown protrusions into it. The female of scintillans also has deeper yellow patches on the forewing margin, including a strong one at the apex”.
  1. Artaxa similis Moore, [1860]. Cat. lepid. Insects Mus. E. Ind. Co. 2: 351. Text at
  2. Somena irrorata Moore, [1884]. Lep. Ceylon, 2: 87. Text at Somena irrorata is considered a subspecies of similis and has yellow hindwings. 
  3. Porthesia scintillans similis Collenette, 1932, Novit. Zool. 38: 57. Text at

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Anonymous. 2022. Somena similis (Moore, [1860]). 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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