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Lepidoptera > Lasiocampoidea > Lasiocampidae > Lasiocampinae > Selenepherini > Chilena

Chilena similis Walker, 1855

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Lasiocampidae of Iran ( states that C. sordida might be a species complex and needs female genitalia for clarification. 
Summary of Rachit Singh's pers comm. with Reza Zahiri and Vadim Zolotuhin over email with photos: Chilena sordida is a western species and Chilena similis is eastern. Ochre-yellow central and basal field on FW is only typical for similis (seen here). Sympatry zone is found near Afghanistan but S. Indian populations are more likely to be C. similis.
  1. OD: Chilena similis Walker, 1855. List Spec. Lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 5: 1071; TL: Nepal. Text at
  2. Hampson, G. F. [1893]. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol. 1. Taylor & Francis, London. Pp. xxiii + 527. Saturniidae to Hypsidae 527 p - 333 416 and 417, # 926 for Chilena similis and # 927 for Chilena strigula
  3. de Lajonquiere, 1977. Annales de la Société entomologique de France. 13: 286. 
  4. Zolotuhin, V.V. 1998. Further synonymic notes in the Lasiocampidae with the description of a new Euthrix-species (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae). Entomofauna 19(4): 53-76. Pg. 63. Synonomized C. strigula with C. similis

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Singh, R. 2022. Chilena similis Walker, 1855. 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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