Samiksha Jaiswal

Craniophora praeclara

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Noctuidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Craniophora
Craniophora praeclara
Similar  Craniophora, Craniophora ligustri, Acronicta

Craniophora praeclara is a moth of the Noctuidae family. Its distribution includes North Korea, Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu), China (Guizhou (including Fanjingshan), Heilongjiang, Jilin), and the Russian Far East (Lower and Middle Amur, Primorye, Sakhalin, South Kuril Islands).

The species is called ニッコウケンモン in Japanese, 큰쥐똥나무저녁나방 (automated translation: wood pellets evening large moth) in Korean, and 锋首夜蛾 (automated translation: Feng first armyworm) in China.

Its wingspan is 38–45 mm. They emerge as adults between June and September in Japan.

Graeser's 1890 description described a complex mix of colorations and markings on the wings, a purplish grey head and thorax mixed with fuscous, and a whiteish abdomen "irrorated with fuscous and dorsally tinged with brown towards base, the crests blackish."


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