Tiracola plagiata (Walker, 1857) is a similar-looking species. Best separated from T. aureata by comparing genitalia.
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Distinguishing fatures, vide Moths of Borneo:
This (aureata) is a slightly larger species than plagiata, the forewings and thorax a somewhat golden fawn rather than pale greyish brown. The facies and variability are as in plagiata.The pale submarginal line of the forewing, when prominent, is distinctly yellow. The basal zone of the forewing underside may be dull reddish compared with brown in plagiata.
However, Wakabiti & Yoshimatsu (2013) state that size of aureata and plagiata is not a good indicator, and genitalia remain the best means of separation.
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- Haruta, T. (Ed.). 1992. Moths of Nepal. Part 1. TINEA. Vol. 13 (Supplement 2). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl. 14/27.
- Watabiki, D. and Yoshimatsu, S.I., 2013. Distinguishing the externally similar imagines of Tiracola plagiata and T. aureata whose forewing lengths were shown to overlap (Lepidoptera, Noctuidae). Lepidoptera Science, 64(3), pp.123-127.
- http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-12/hadeninae/hadeninae_5_2.php [accessed 24 May 2020]
Anonymous 2023. Tiracola aureata Holloway, 1989 – . In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.60. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://moths.ncbs.res.in/tiracola-aureata, accessed 2023/09/24.