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Erebus macrops

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Lepidoptera
Family  Erebidae
Scientific name  Erebus macrops
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Superfamily  Noctuoidea
Genus  Erebus
Higher classification  Erebus
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Similar  Butterflies and moths, Insect, Erebus ephesperis, Spirama, Erebus caprimulgus

Erebus macrops is a species of moth of the family Erebidae. It is found in the subtropical regions of Africa and Asia. The wingspan is about 12 cm, making it exceptionally large for an Erebidae species. The larvae feed on Acacia and Entada species.

Description

Wingspan is about 134-160mm. Male with costal half of hind wing aborted to form turned over on the upper surface and containing a large glandular patch of flocculent hair. Vein 4 running to the functional apex, and vein 5 fro center of discocellulars. Vein 6 to the fold and veins 7 and 8 very minute to near base of costa. Fuscous brown, with a slight purplish tinge. Fore wings with short sub-basal and waved antemedial and medial black lines. A very large fulcous ocellus found beyond end of cell, with black outline and black comma-shaped pupil with blue streaks and specks on it. Two irregularly waved postmedial lines excurved round the ocellus and bent inwards below it, the outer one expanding into a patch at costa. Two sinuous series of black sub-marginal spots, the inner series indistinct and obsolete towards costa. Hind wings with medial black line excurved round cell. A postmedial series of spots of lunules with two sinuous series of spots found beyond them, the inner series least distinct. Ventral side with irregular postmedial series of white spots and regular submarginal series of lunules to each wing.

References

Erebus macrops Wikipedia


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