Thysanoplusia orichalcea (Fabricius, 1775) - Slender Burnished Brass

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Thysanoplusia intermixta Warren, 1913. In orichalcea the end of the brass band towards the wing base is more wedged shape, more rounded in intermixta. In orichalcea, the position of the orbicular stigma is positioned mid way below the bottom portion of the greenish-golden finger. 

Diagnosis (Vide MOB). The pale lustrous green areas of the forewings are distinctive except for possible confusion with a congener, intermixta Warren (below), which occurs sympatrically with orichalcea throughout the Oriental tropics to Java but has not yet been recorded from Borneo. T. intermixta has a forewing green area of somewhat yellower tone, crossed by a more distinct irregular submarginal; the green area extends slightly less basad and is basally more blunt; the hindwings are paler, more yellowish.

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh11
Arunachal Pradesh141
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh2
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi1
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir1
Jharkhand
Karnataka11
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh21
Maharashtra1121
Manipur
Meghalaya1
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga1
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim1
Tamil Nadu1
Tripura1
Uttar Pradesh1
Uttarakhand1231121
West Bengal2
Total12715423142

Thysanoplusia orichalcea (Fabricius, 1775): Melilotus indicus, Pisum sativum, Trifolium alexandrinum, Vigna mungo (Fabaceae), Pentas lanceolata (Rubiaceae),Raphanus raphanistrum ssp. sativus (Brassicaceae), Solanum tuberosum (Solanaceae),Syzygium cumini (Myrtaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010).

  1. OD: Noctua orichalcea Fabricius, 1775. Syst. Ent.: 607. 
  2. Phalaena chrysitina Martyn, 1797. Psyche: pl. 21; TL: Madras. 
  3. Noctua aurifera Hübner, [1808-18], Samml. eur. Schmett. 4: fig. 463.
  4. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1993. Moths of Nepal. Part 2. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 3). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl.44:12
  5. https://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPages/ThysaOrich.htm
  6. https://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-14/plusiinae/plusiinae_4_1.php
  7. Shashank, P.R. and Twinkle, S. 2018. Plusiinae of India. World Wide Web electronic publication. DST-SERB Project, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi, India. http://npc.iari.res.in/plusiinae/index.php

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Thysanoplusia orichalcea (Fabricius, 1775) – Slender Burnished Brass. 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/thysanoplusia-orichalcea, accessed 2024/03/03.