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Lepidoptera > Noctuoidea > Erebidae > Lymantriinae > Nygmiini > Somena

Somena similis (Moore, [1860])

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Identification:
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Karnataka
Meghalaya
Province No. 4
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
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”. 
References:
  1. Artaxa similis Moore, [1860]. Cat. lepid. Insects Mus. E. Ind. Co. 2: 351. Text at https://archive.org/details/catalogueoflepid02east/page/351/mode/1up?view=theater
  2. Somena irrorata Moore, [1884]. Lep. Ceylon, 2: 87. Text at https://archive.org/details/lepidopteraofcey02moor/page/87/mode/1up?view=theater. Somena irrorata is considered a subspecies of similis and has yellow hindwings. 
  3. Porthesia scintillans similis Collenette, 1932, Novit. Zool. 38: 57. Text at https://archive.org/details/novitateszoologi38lond/page/57/mode/1up?view=theater
  4. https://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-5/nygmiini/nygmiini_2_1.php
  5. https://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=160992
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”. 

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Anonymous. 2021. Somena similis (Moore, [1860]). In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Moths of India, v. 2.61. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. http://www.mothsofindia.org/sp/357863/Somena-similis
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