Kalatope Moths – ‘Pyralidae, Saturniidae, Sphingidae & Notodontidae’

Some of the most beautiful moths I have seen during my study of the Moths of Kalatope sanctuary, fall into these four families. I remember catching sight of the ‘Luna moth’ caught under a piece of wood and wondering if it was dead or alive… gently prising it out and seeing the slight flutter of life which caused no end of joy for seeing the beautiful creature live… I did not know if it had any defence mechanisms against the birds which could attack it, so hid it under the tiles on the roof, where it stayed the whole day and then fluttered away into the night…

I thank whole heartedly the members of IndianMoths group on Facebook who made me come alive to the existence of Moths, especially to Dr. Roger Kendrick and Peter Smetacek who even today deal patiently with my ignorance and guide me towards knowing these creatures…

Given below is the check-list of these four families, which are hyper-linked to the image pages… Any mistakes found on these pages can be kindly pointed out to me by leaving a comment on the page…

Kalatope Moths Check-list – ‘Pyralidae, Saturniidae, Sphingidae & Notodontidae’

FAMILY

SUB-FAMILY

TRIBE

SPECIES

Pyralidae

Epipaschiinae

Locastra c.f. muscosalis (Walker, [1866])

Pyralidae

Epipaschiinae

Salma sp – Walker, 1863

Pyralidae

Pyralinae

Endotrichini

Endotricha sp. – Zeller 1847

Pyralidae

Pyralinae

Pyralini

Heterocrasa expansalis – Warren, 1896

Pyralidae

Pyralinae

Pyralini

Orybina flaviplaga – Walker, 1863

Pyralidae

Pyralinae

Pyralini

Tamraca torridalis – Lederer, 1863

Pyralidae

Pyralinae

Pyralini

Toccolosida rubriceps – Walker, 1863

Pyralidae

Pyralinae

Sacada sp. – Walker, 1862

Pyralidae

Pyralinae

Pyralis sp – Linnaeus, 1758

Pyralidae

Epipaschiinae

Coenodomus sp – Walsingham, 1888

Pyralidae

Epipaschiinae

Saturniidae

Saturniinae

Saturniini

Actias selene – Hübner, 1807 (Luna moth / Indian Moon Moth)

Saturniidae

Saturniinae

Saturniini

Loepa katinka – Westwood, 1848

Saturniidae

Saturniinae

Saturniini

Loepa sp. – Moore, 1860

Saturniidae

Saturniinae

Caligula thibeta – Westwood, 1853

Sphingidae

Macroglossinae

Macroglossini

Macroglossum nycteris – Kollar, 1844

Sphingidae

Macroglossinae

Macroglossini

Rhagastis olivacea – Moore, 1872

Sphingidae

Macroglossinae

Macroglossini

Theretra nessus – Drury, 1773

Sphingidae

Macroglossinae

Macroglossini

Theretra oldenlandiae – Fabricius, 1775

Sphingidae

Macroglossinae

Dilophonotini

Cephonodes hylas – Linnaeus, 1771

Sphingidae

Smerinthinae

Sphingulini

Dolbina sp – Staudinger, 1877

Sphingidae

Smerinthinae

Smerinthini

Clanidopsis exusta – Butler, 1875

Sphingidae

Sphinginae

Sphingulini

Dolbinopsis (Dolbina) inexacta – Walker, 1856

Sphingidae

Sphinginae

Acherontiini

Agrius convolvuli – Linnaeus, 1758

Notodontidae

Dudusiinae

Dudusa sphingiformis – Moore, 1872

Notodontidae

Phalerinae

Phalera parivala – Moore, 1859

Notodontidae

Pygaerinae

Clostera sp – Samouelle, 1819

Notodontidae

Spatalia (subgen. Allata) sp. – Hübner, 1819

Notodontidae

Ceirinae

Bireta longivitta Walker 1856

Notodontidae

Ceirinae

allied to the genera Bireta and Periergos

Notodontidae

Notodontini

Neodrymonia sp – Matsumura, 1920

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