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Lepidoptera > Geometroidea > Geometridae > Geometrinae > Hemitheini > Hemithea

Hemithea spp.

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
Andhra Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
West Bengal
All states
Similiar species:
Rather small Geometrinae with wingspan of ~30 mm. Numerous similar members of the genus Hemithea Duponchel, 1829 are found in India. Holloway (1996) writes "Members of the [tritonaria] complex are only reliably separated by examination of the male genitalia."

Hemithea Duponchel, 1829 species known from India are listed. 
Hemithea antigrapha Prout, 1917. Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.
Hemithea aquamarina Hampson, 1895. Dharamsala, Khasis.
Hemithea himachalensis Walia, 2000. Himachal Pradesh (Nauni).
Hemithea insularia (Guenée, [1858]). Indian subregion.
Hemithea marina (Butler, 1878). Indian subregion.
Hemithea melalopha Prout, 1931. Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.
Hemithea ochrolauta (Warren, 1894). Uttarakhand, Nagaland; Bhutan. 
Hemithea tritonaria (Walker, 1863). Khasis, Nilgiris, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu.
Hemithea wuka (Pagenstecher, 1886). Nilgiris. 

Hemithea insularia profecta Prout, 1933. Listed as synonym of Hemithea melalopha in MOB. But Plotkin et al. 2020 lists both Hemithea insularia and Hemithea melalopha as valid species in their checklist of Geometrinae. 

There are reports of Hemithea costipunctata (Moore [1868]) from India (Sondhi et al. 2016; Dey et al. 2018), but Lepindex treats Hemithea costipunctata as a synonym of Hemithea marina (Butler, 1878) and Plotkin et al. 2020 do not list Hemithea costipunctata as a valid species in their global checklist of Geometrinae. 
  1. Hampson, G. F. 1895. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol.3. Taylor & Francis, London. Noctuidae (cont.) to Geometridae 546 p - 226 figs.
  2. Walia, V.K. 2000. On a new species of genus Hemithea Duponchel (Geometrinae: Geometridae: Lepidoptera) from Nauni and Chandigarh. Geobios, 27(4), pp. 191- 193.
  3. Sondhi, Y. & S. Sondhi. 2016. A partial checklist of moths (Lepidoptera) of Dehradun, Mussoorie and Devalsari in Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8(5): 8756–8776; [accessed 11 August 2021]
  4. Dey, P. Joshi, K. & V. P. Uniyal. 2018. Common Moths of WII. WIldlife Institute of India, Dehradun. 
  5. Kirti, J. S., K. Chandra, A. Saxena & N. Singh. 2019. Geometrid Moths of India. 296 pp. Nature Books of India, New Delhi. 

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Anonymous. 2022. Hemithea spp. . 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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