Luxiaria tephrosaria (Moore, [1868]) -

Taxonomic Information

List of Luxiaria Walker, 1860 known from India based on Kirti et al. (2019).
Luxiaria acutaria (Snellen, 1877). India: West Bengal (Darjeeling).
Luxiaria amasa (Butler, 1878). India: West Bengal (Darjeeling), Himachal Pradesh.
Luxiaria despicata Prout, 1929. India: Meghalaya (Cherrapunji).
Luxiaria contigaria (Walker, 1861). India: North India.
Luxiaria despicata Prout, 1929. India: Meghalaya (Cherrapunji).
Luxiaria emphatica Prout, 1925. India: Meghalaya (Khasi Hills, Cherrapunji), Tamil Nadu (KMTR) (Iyer et al 2021).
Luxiaria hypaphanes Hampson, 1891. India: Nilgiris, Kerala, Maharashtra. 
Luxiaria mitorrhaphes Prout, 1925. India: Nagaland (Naga Hills), Arunachal Pradesh..
Luxiaria phyllosaria (Walker, 1860). India: Khasis, Meghalaya.
Luxiaria submonstrata (Walker, 1861).
Luxiaria subrasata (Walker, 1861). India: North India.
Luxiaria tephrosaria (Moore, 1868). India: Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh.
Luxiaria turpisaria Walker, 1861.

Luxiaria obliquata Moore, 1888 and Luxiaria postvittata Walker, 1861 are now placed in Calletaera Warren, 1895.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

Similar species: Luxiaria emphatica, Fig. 14-20, which is also known from India.

Diagnosis. This species is externally similar to L. tephrosaria as follows: the hind wing of the female is weakly crenulate; the wing colour is much paler than that of L. amasa and L. acutaria; the antemedial line, medial line and postmedial line respectively form a distinct black patch on the costa; the dot of the forewing postmedial line near the anal margin is dark and enlarged. However, L. emphatica can be distinguished by the following characters: the greyish brown bands outside the postmedial lines on both wings are thicker than those of L. tephrosaria; a greyish brown dot is present between M veins outside the postmedial line of the hind wing in L. tephrosaria, which is absent in L. emphatica.

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh4
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal1
Total41
  1. OD: Acidalia tephrosaria Moore, 1868, Proc. zool. Soc. Lond., 1867 (3): 643. Syntypes including 1♂, India: Bengal. Luxiaria tephrosaria: Debauche, 1941, Mem. Mus. Hist. Nat. Belg., (2) 22: 25. Text at https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/90421#page/53/mode/1up
  2. Jiang, N., Xue, D. and Han, H., 2014. A review of Luxiaria Walker and its allied genus Calletaera Warren (Lepidoptera, Geometridae, Ennominae) from China. Zootaxa, 3856(1), pp.073-099. Fig 21-24.
  3. Sondhi, S., Karmakar, T., Sondhi, Y., & Kunte, K. (2021). Moths of Tale Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh, India with seventeen additions to the moth fauna of India (Lepidoptera: Heterocera). Tropical Lepidoptera Research, 31(Supplement 2), 1–53. Image 335.
  4. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/855869-Luxiaria-tephrosaria [Accessed 19 Nov 2023]

 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Luxiaria tephrosaria (Moore, [1868]) – . 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/luxiaria-tephrosaria, accessed 2024/02/26.