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Macotasa nubecula (Moore, 1879)

Indian and global distribution:
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Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Adult moth observations that have been databased:
Tamil Nadu
All states
Similiar species:
Macotasa Moore, 1878 species known from India (Singh et al 2021).
Macotasa nubecula (Moore, 1879). India: Andamans, Himalayas, South India
Macotasa tortricula Singh & Kirti, 2016. India: Karnataka. 
Macohasa orientalis (Hampson, 1905). India: Karnataka, Meghalaya.

Macotasa tortricoides (Walker, 1862). Indian records of this species are in error, and it is extralimital to India (Singh et al 2021). 
The above species display sexual dimorphism, and examining genitalia is required to ascertain species identities with certainty.
  1. Cossa nubecula Moore, 1879. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1879: 394; TL: Andamans. Text at
  2. Ilema costalis Moore, 1878; In: Hampson, 1900, Cat. Lep. Phalaenae Br. Mus. 2: 140. Text at
  3. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1993. Moths of Nepal. Part 2. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 3). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl. 40/18 as Macotasa nubcula
  4. Singh, N., Singh, J. and Joshi, R., 2013. First report of Macotasa tortricoides (Walker)(Arctiidae: Lithosiinae) from India along with a key to species of the genus. Journal of Entomological Research, 37(4), pp.369-373.
  5. Kirti, J.S. & N. Singh. 2015. Arctiid Moths of India. Vol. 1, pp 1-205. Nature Books of India, New Delhi. pg. 111.
  6. Chandra, K., Kumar, V., Singh, N., Raha, A., Sanyal, A.K.2019. Assemblages of Lepidoptera in Indian Himalaya through long term monitoring plots. Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, 1-457 pp. Pl. 114.23.

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Anonymous. 2022. Macotasa nubecula (Moore, 1879). 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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