Episteme adulatrix (Kollar, [1884]) -

Taxonomic Information

List of Episteme Hübner, [1820] species known from India. 
Episteme adulatrix (Kollar, [1884]). India. 
Episteme distincta (Butler, 1875). India: Assam; Bangladesh. 
Episteme nigripennis Butler, 1875. Sri Lanka. 
Episteme maculatrix (Duncan & Westwood [1841]). India: Nagaland, Meghalaya.
Episteme macrosema (Jordan, 1912). Myanmar. 
Episteme negrita (Hampson, 1894). Myanmar. 
Episteme nipalensis (Butler, 1875). NW Himalayas, E. Himalayas; Nepal. 
Episteme latimargo (Hampson, 1891). India: Nilgiris (TL), Karnataka, Assam. 
Episteme vetula (Geyer, 1832). India: Meghalaya, Assam. 

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Episteme adulatrix Kollar, 1884 and E. nigripennis Butler, 1875 (a Sri Lanka species) do not have any any orange basally on the HW. The only orange on the HW is two orange spots towards the tornus which in the case of nigripennis is very much reduced. In E. nigripennis the white submarginal markings on both wings are smaller when compared with E. adulatrix. 
Episteme maculatrix
 Westwood, 1841, large white discal spots are smaller and usually separate. HW 2/3 basally orange (unlike E. adulatrix) with a large irregular dark patch from dorsum. 
Episteme lectrix Linnaeus 1764 (A Chinese species) FW similiar to adulatrix, HW similiar to maculatrix

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh1
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam2
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh1
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh22
Jammu and Kashmir1
Jharkhand
Karnataka1
Kerala11
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra337
Manipur111
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha1
Paschimbanga1112
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand1
West Bengal
Total126101141

Episteme adulatrix (Kollar, [1884]): Dioscorea belophylla, Dioscorea pentaphylla (Dioscoreaceae), Solanum tuberosum (Solanaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010).

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  2. Episteme adulatrix. (2014, August 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11:58, August 23, 2015, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Episteme_adulatrix&oldid=621346017
  3. Hampson, G. F. 1894. Moths 2. Arctiidae, Agrostidae, Noctuidae 609 p - 325 figs, pg. 152, #1561 as Eusemia adulatrix
  4. Kononenko, V. S. & A. Pinratana. 2005. Moths of Thailand, Volume 3: Noctuidae. An Illustrated Catalogue of the Noctuidae (Lepidoptera) in Thailand: Part 1: Herminiinae, Rivulinae, Hypeninae, Catocalinae, Aganainae, Euteliinae, Stictopterinae, Plusiinae, Pantheinae, Acronictinae and Agaristinae, pl 40/5

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Episteme adulatrix (Kollar, [1884]) – . 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/episteme-adulatrix, accessed 2024/04/20.