Cheromettia apicata (Moore, 1879) -

Taxonomic Information

Cheromettia Moore, 1883 species known from India

Cheromettia apicata (Moore, 1879)

Cheromettia ferruginea (Moore, 1877)

Cheromettia lohor (Moore, 1859)


Cheromettia laleana (Moore, 1859). Considered a synonym of apicata by Lepindex and Solovyev (2009), but this needs to be investigated. 

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh211
Assam1
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Chhattisgarh14
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
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Jammu and Kashmir
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Kerala11
Lakshadweep
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Maharashtra13
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Uttarakhand1
West Bengal
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Cheromettia apicata (Moore, 1879): Vernicia fordii (Euphorbiaceae), Butea monosperma, Derris elliptica, Gliricidia sepium (Fabaceae), Camellia sinensis (Theaceae), Ceiba pentandra, Theobroma cacao? (Malvaceae), Cocos nucifera (Arecaceae), Coffea spp. (Rubiaceae), Juglans regia (Juglandaceae), Malus domestica, Pyrus communis (Rosaceae), Schleichera oleosa (Sapindaceae), Toona ciliata (Meliaceae), Vernicia fordii (Euphorbiaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010),  Terminalia bellirica (Combretaceae), Litchi chinensis (Sapindaceae) (Smetacek et al. 2011)

  1. Belippa apicata Moore, 1879. Lep. Atkinson. 75. TL: Darjeeling. Text at https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/26805#page/93/mode/1up
  2. Dudgeon, G. C. (1900-1901). A catalogue of the Heterocera of Sikhim and Bhutan Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 13:258-269. Text at http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/30168727#page/348/mode/1up. Descriptions of laleana, apicata & lohor in above paper.
  3. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1993. Moths of Nepal. Part 2. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 3). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo.Pl. 39/1/2 for male and female.  
  4. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/510180-Cheromettia-apicata

Notes: The genus, Cheromettia Moore, 1883, is sexually dimorphic, with males being largely dark chestnut or dark brown. Females are largely chestnut brown. Antennae of male is 1/3 bipectinnate; antennae of female is ciliate. The members of this genus are best separated by examining specimens and/or genitalia. The shape, colour and marking of the hindwings provide clues to their identity. Both sexes of Cheromettia apicata (Moore, 1879) and Cheromettia ferruginea (Moore, 1877) are doubtfully separated by examining photographs.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Cheromettia apicata (Moore, 1879) – . In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.73. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://moths.ncbs.res.in/cheromettia-apicata, accessed 2024/04/23.