Macotasa nubecula (Moore, 1879) -

Taxonomic Information

Macotasa Moore, 1878 species known from India (Singh et al 2021).
Macotasa nubecula (Moore, 1879). India: Andamans, Himalayas, South India
Macotasa tortricula Singh & Kirti, 2016. India: Karnataka. 
Macohasa orientalis (Hampson, 1905). India: Karnataka, Meghalaya.

Macotasa tortricoides (Walker, 1862). Indian records of this species are in error, and it is extralimital to India (Singh et al 2021). 
The above species display sexual dimorphism, and examining genitalia is required to ascertain species identities with certainty.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Macotasa nubecula (Moore, 1879) and Macotasa tortricula Singh & Kirti, 2016 are both known from S. India and are best separated by examining male genitalia; hence the S. Indian records of Macotasa nubecula on this website are provisionally identified. 

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
Karnataka13
Kerala1
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya2
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu1
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand251
West Bengal
Total21355
  1. Cossa nubecula Moore, 1879. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 1879: 394; TL: Andamans. Text at https://archive.org/details/proceedingsofgen792zool/page/394/mode/1up?view=theater
  2. Ilema costalis Moore, 1878; In: Hampson, 1900, Cat. Lep. Phalaenae Br. Mus. 2: 140. Text at https://archive.org/details/catalogueoflepid2brituoft/page/141/mode/1up?view=theater
  3. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1993. Moths of Nepal. Part 2. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 3). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl. 40/18 as Macotasa nubcula
  4. Singh, N., Singh, J. and Joshi, R., 2013. First report of Macotasa tortricoides (Walker)(Arctiidae: Lithosiinae) from India along with a key to species of the genus. Journal of Entomological Research, 37(4), pp.369-373.
  5. Kirti, J.S. & N. Singh. 2015. Arctiid Moths of India. Vol. 1, pp 1-205. Nature Books of India, New Delhi. pg. 111.
  6. Chandra, K., Kumar, V., Singh, N., Raha, A., Sanyal, A.K.2019. Assemblages of Lepidoptera in Indian Himalaya through long term monitoring plots. Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, 1-457 pp. Pl. 114.23.
  7. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/126012-Macotasa-nubecula
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Macotasa nubecula (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/macotasa-nubecula, accessed 2024/04/23.