Cyclophora (moth)

Cyclophora is a genus of moths in the family Geometridae. Many species are referred to as mochas in reference to their colouration, primarily in Europe.[2]

Cyclophora prunelliaria.jpg
Cyclophora prunelliaria
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Tribe: Cosymbiini
Genus: Cyclophora
Hübner, 1822[1]
  • Anisodes Guenée, 1858
  • Codonia Hübner, 1823
  • Cosymbia Hübner, 1823
  • Cyclophora Stephens, 1829
  • Ephyra Duponchel, 1929
  • Euephyra Packard, 1873
  • Heterephyra Warren, 1895
  • Leucophthalmia Hübner, 1823
  • Matella Gistl, 1848
  • Pachythalia Warren, 1897
  • Pisoraca Walker, 1862
  • Prostenodes Warren, 1903
  • Streptopteron Swinhoe, 1892
  • Zonosoma Lederer, 1853
Cyclophora sp. caterpillar


Traditionally, species included in this genus were either placed in Cyclophora (mostly Holarctic species) and Anisodes (mostly tropical species). Research concluded that these species belong in the same genus. The type species of Anisodes was even found to have features that are used to define Cyclophora.[3]


Palpi hardly reaching beyond the frons. Antennae of male bipectinate (comb like on both sides) to two-thirds length. Forewings with vein 3 from before angle of cell and veins 7, 8 and 9 stalked from before upper angle. Vein 10 and 11 anastomosing (fusing) strongly with them to form the small areole. Hindwings with veins 3, 4 and 6, 7 from angles of cell. The typical section has the medial spur pair of hind tibia absent in male.[4]


Species formerly included in AnisodesEdit


  1. ^ Yu, Dicky Sick Ki. "Cyclophora Hubner 1822". Home of Ichneumonoidea. Taxapad. Archived from the original on September 28, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Kimber, Ian. "70.031 BF1676 The Mocha Cyclophora annularia (Fabricius, 1775)". UKMoths. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  3. ^ Holloway, Jeremy Daniel. "Cyclophora Hübner". The Moths of Borneo. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Hampson, G. F. (1895). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma: Moths Volume III. Taylor and Francis – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  • Hausmann, A. 2003: New Sterrhinae from Europe, North Africa, and the Caucasus (Lepidoptera: Geometridae). Entomologische Zeitschrift. 113 (11): 319–328.

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