Erebus macrops

Erebus macrops is a species of moth of the family Erebidae first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1768. It is found in the subtropical regions of Africa and Asia.[2] The wingspan is about 12 cm,[2] making it exceptionally large for an Erebidae species. The larvae feed on Acacia[3] and Entada species.

Erebus macrops
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Erebus
E. macrops
Binomial name
Erebus macrops
(Linnaeus, 1768)[1]
  • Phalaena macrops Linnaeus, 1768
  • Erebus boopis (Guenée, 1852)
  • Patula boopis Guenée, 1852
  • Erebus bubo (Fabricius, 1775)
  • Noctua bubo Fabricius, 1775


Its wingspan is about 134–160 mm. Male with costal half of hindwing aborted to form turned over on the upper surface and containing a large glandular patch of flocculent (woolly) hair. Vein 4 running to the functional apex, and vein 5 from center of discocellulars. Vein 6 to the fold and veins 7 and 8 very minute to near base of costa. fuscous brown, with a slight purplish tinge. Forewings with short sub-basal and waved antemedial and medial black lines. A very large fulcous ocellus found beyond end of cell, with black outline and black comma-shaped pupil with blue streaks and specks on it. Two irregularly waved postmedial lines excurved round the ocellus and bent inwards below it, the outer one expanding into a patch at costa. Two sinuous series of black sub-marginal spots, the inner series indistinct and obsolete towards costa. Hindwings with medial black line excurved round cell. A postmedial series of spots of lunules with two sinuous series of spots found beyond them, the inner series least distinct. Ventral side with irregular postmedial series of white spots and regular submarginal series of lunules to each wing.[4]



  1. ^ Yu, Dicky Sick Ki. "Erebus macrops (Linnaeus 1770)". Home of Ichneumonoidea. Taxapad. Archived from the original on January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Определитель насекомых Дальнего Востока России. / под общ.ред. П. А. Лера. — Владивосток: «Дальнаука», 2003. — Т. 5. Ручейники и чешуекрылые. Ч. 4. — С. 155. — 688 с. — ISBN 5-8044-0343-5 [in Russian]
  3. ^ Erebus macrops on
  4. ^ Hampson, G. F. (1894). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma: Moths Volume II. Taylor and Francis – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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