Herochroma subspoliata (Prout, 1916) -

Taxonomic Information

Herochroma Swinhoe, 1893 species known from India:
Herochroma baba Swinhoe, 1893. India: Meghalaya (TL: Khasi Hills).
Herochroma baibarana baibarana (Matsumura, 1931). India: NE Himalaya, Assam, Meghalaya (Khasi Hills). 
Herochroma orientalis (Holloway, 1982). NE Himalaya; Sri Lanka is its synonym. 
Herochroma cristata cristata (Warren, 1894). India: Sikkim. Herochroma subopalina (Warren, 1894) is its synonym. 
Herochroma subspoliata (Prout, 1916). India: Nilgiris (TL).
Herochroma elaearia (Hampson, 1903). India: Sikkim, Meghalaya (Khasi Hills).
Herochroma farinosa (Warren, 1893), NW Himalayas, Lahoul.
Herochroma flavitincta (Warren, 1897). India: Meghalaya (TL: Khasi Hills).
Herochroma liliana (Swinhoe, 1892). India: Meghalaya (TL: Khasi Hills).
Herochroma ochreipicta (Swinhoe, 1905). India: Meghalaya (TL: Khasi Hills).
Herochroma subtepens (Walker, 1860). India: Sikkim, Meghalaya (Khasi Hills).
Herochroma usneata (Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875). India: Himalayas.
Herochroma viridaria (Moore, 1868). India: West Bengal.
Herochroma yazakii Inoue, 1999. Nepal [Godavari]; India: West Bengal (Darjeeling).

Herochroma costata Kirti, Goyal & Kaur, 2012. Karnataka. This species name is thus considered a nomen nudum (Plotkin & Kawahara, 2020).

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Notes by SS: H. subspoliata probably replaces Herochroma cristata in South India. This is likely the only Herochroma from S. India.

Another species is, Herochroma costata Kirti, Goyal & Kaur, 2012. This was described from Karnataka. This species name is thus considered a nomen nudum (Plotkin & Kawahara, 2020).

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala1
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu1
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total11
  1. OD: Archaeobalbis cristata subspoliata Prout, 1916. Novit. zool. Vol. 23:1-77. TL: Nilgiris. Text at https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/33707586#page/22/mode/1up
  2. Archaeobalbis subspoliata Prout, 1916. Seitz, A. (Ed.). The Macrolepidoptera of the World, Vol 12, pg 46.
  3. Inoue, H. 1999. Revision of the genus Herochroma Swinhoe (Geometridae, Geometrinae). Tinea 16 (2): 76-105. Fig. 33-34. (Raised subspoliata to species level)
  4. Plotkin, D. and Kawahara, A.Y., 2020. Review of recent taxonomic changes to the emerald moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Geometrinae). Biodiversity Data Journal, 8. 1-30. (States subspoliata is raised to species level).

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Herochroma subspoliata (Prout, 1916) – . In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.71. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://moths.ncbs.res.in/herochroma-subspoliata, accessed 2024/02/24.