Cyana coccinea (Moore, 1878) -

Taxonomic Information

List of Cyana Walker, 1854 known from India.
Cyana abrupta Volynkin & Černý, 2019, India (Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya).
Cyana adita (Moore, 1859), India (North and NE India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, North of West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh).
Cyana amabilis (Moore, 1877), India (Andaman & Nicobar Islands).
Cyana arama arama (Moore, 1859), India (NE India (Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur), Sikkim, North of West Bengal, Uttarakhand).
Cyana arama metis Volynkin & N. Singh, 2020, India (North India (Uttarakhand, Punjab)).
Cyana arorai Volynkin, N. Singh, Kirti & Datta, 2020, India (Andaman Islands).
Cyana atlanteia N. Singh, Volynkin, Kirti & Datta, 2020, India (South and NE India (Tamil Nadu, Assam)).
Cyana bellissima (Moore, 1878), India (Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, West Bengal).
Cyana bhatejai N. Singh & Kirti, 2015, India (South India (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu), Kerala).
Cyana bianca (Walker, 1856), India (Meghalaya).
Cyana britomartis N. Singh & Volynkin, 2020, India (NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), North of West Bengal, Sikkim).
Cyana candida (Felder, 1874), India (North and NE India (Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim)).
Cyana catorhoda Hampson, 1897, India (North and NE India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur).
Cyana chrysopeleia N. Singh, Volynkin, Kirti & Datta, 2020, India (North and NE India (Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram)).
Cyana coccinea coccinea (Moore, 1878), India (NE India (Sikkim and north of West Bengal), Assam, Uttarakhand).
Cyana coccinea flavotincta (Draudt, 1914), India (NE India (Assam)).
Cyana conclusa nicobara N. Singh, Volynkin, Kirti & Datta, 2020, India (Andaman & Nicobar).
Cyana detrita Walker, 1854, India (North and NE India (Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Nagaland), Arunachal Pradesh).
Cyana divakara (Moore, 1865), India (NE India (Assam), Sikkim, North of West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh).
Cyana dohertyi dohertyi (Elwes, 1890), India (Eastern Himalaya (Sikkim, North of West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur)).
Cyana dohertyi eirene Volynkin & N. Singh, 2020, India (North India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand)).
Cyana dryope Volynkin & N. Singh, 2020, India (West Himalaya, North India (Himachal Pradesh)).
Cyana dudgeoni Hampson, 1895, India (Sikkim, North of West Bengal, NE India (Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh)).
Cyana flavicincta (Hampson, 1903), India (NE India (Assam, Meghalaya), Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh).
Cyana gazella (Moore, 1872), India (North and NE India (Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, north of West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam)).
Cyana gelida gelida (Walker, 1854), India (North and NE India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, north of West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh)).
Cyana guttifera (Walker, 1856), India (South, North and NE India).
Cyana harterti (Elwes, 1890), India (NE India (Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram)).
Cyana intercomma Černý, 2009, India (NW India (Jammu & Kashmir)).
Cyana khasiana Hampson, 1897, India (Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, North of West Bengal).
Cyana linatula (Swinhoe, 1891), India (Rajasthan, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala).
Cyana moelleri (Elwes, 1890), India (NE India (Meghalaya), Sikkim, North of West Bengal).
Cyana neopuer N. Singh, Bhattacharyya & Volynkin, 2019, India (Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim).
Cyana obliquilineata (Hampson, 1900), India (Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, South India (Karnataka)).
Cyana peregrina (Walker, 1854), India (South India and East India, Uttarakhand); Sri Lanka.
Cyana perornata (Walker, 1854), India (NE India).
Cyana puella puella (Drury, 1773), India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Gujarat, Bihar).
Cyana puer (Elwes, 1890), India (NE India (Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland), Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal).
Cyana quadrinotata (Walker, 1869), India (NE India (West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh).
Cyana rudloffi Volynkin & N. Singh, 2020, India (Andaman Islands).
Cyana selangorica paeninsulana Černý, 2009, India (NE India, Assam, Mizoram).
Cyana signa (Walker, 1854), India (North and NE India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur)).
Cyana sikkimensis (Elwes, 1890), India (NE India (Sikkim and north of West Bengal)).
Cyana trilobata Fang, 1992, India (NE India, Sikkim).
Cyana watsoni Hampson, 1897, India (NE India (Assam, Meghalaya)).

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Based on Lourens (2017) and Singh et al. (2020), similar species in the Cyana insularis-group known from India are: 
Cyana coccinea coccinea (Moore, 1878). India: NE India; Nepal. 
Cyana coccinea flavotincta (Draudt, 1914). India: Assam; Myanmar. 
Cyana carmina (Cerný 1993). Philippines. 
Cyana weerawoothi Lourens, 2017. Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia
Cyana bianca (Walker, 1856). India: Meghalaya. 
Cyana arorai Volynkin, N. Singh, Kirti & Datta, 2020. India: Andaman Is. 

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Madhya Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
Uttar Pradesh
West Bengal

Cyana coccinea (Moore, 1878): Camellia sinensis (Theaceae), Dalbergia sissoo (Fabaceae),Shorea robusta (Dipterocarpaceae), Tectona grandis (Lamiaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010).

  1. Bizone coccinea Moore, 1878. Proceedings of the Scientific Meetings of the Zoological Society of London 1878: 28, pl. 3, fig. 14 (Type locality: “Sikkim”).
  2. Hampson, G. F. 1894. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol. 2. Arctiidae, Agrostidae, Noctuidae, pg 61, # 1298.
  3. Cerny, K. & A. Pinratana. 2009. Moths of Thailand, Vol. 6, Arctiidae, pl 6/79a.
  4. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1992. Moths of Nepal, pl 108. Incorrect spelling in plate.
  5. Sanyal, K, A.,V.P. Uniyal & K. Chandra. 2013. Life history of Chionaema coccinae recorded from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, Indian Forester, 139 (7) : 645-647.
  6. Lourens, J.H., 2017. The Cyana insularis-group (Arctiidae, Lithosiinae, Cyana Walker 1854) with fifteen Insular and Mainland SE Asian taxa (seven nov. sp./two nov. ssp.) and seven habitus look-alikes (two nov. sp.) from likely parallel developing lineage (s). Entomofauna, 38(12), pp.233-300.
  7. Hawes, T.C., 2019. Pupal metamorphosis of the moth Cyana coccinea (Moore 1878)(Lepidoptera: Erebidae). Oriental Insects, 53(3), pp.379-394. For separating C. bianca and C. coccinea pupal stages. 
  8. Singh, N., Volynkin, A.V., Kirti, J.S., Datta, H.S. & Ivanova, M.S. 2020. A review of the genus Cyana Walker, 1854 from India, with descriptions of five new species and three new subspecies (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae: Lithosiini). Zootaxa 4738(1), pp.1-93. Fig 22-27. 
  9. Digital Moths of Asia. [accessed 13 Oct 2015]

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Cyana coccinea (Moore, 1878) – . In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.74. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/06/18.