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Spilosoma is a genus of moths in the family Erebidae originally described by John Curtis in 1825. A very heterogeneous group, it is in need of review by the scientific community[citation needed], as certain species probably need reclassification into their own genera.

Spilosoma
Spilosoma ericsoni (Arctiidae Arctiinae).jpg
Spilosoma ericsoni
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Subtribe: Spilosomina
Genus: Spilosoma
Curtis, 1825
Synonyms
  • Rhagonis Walker, 1862
  • Elpis Dyar, 1893
  • Spilarctia Butler, 1875 (disputed)

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DescriptionEdit

Palpi short, porrect (extending forward) and fringed with hair. Antennae bipectinate (comb like on both sides) in male and serrate in female. Mid tibia with a terminal pair of minute spurs and hind tibia with two spur pairs. Forewings are rather long and narrow. Veins 3 to 5 from angle of cell. Vein 6 from upper angle and veins 7 to 10 are stalked. Hindwings with veins 3 to 5 from angle of cell. Veins 6 and 7 from upper angle. Vein 8 from middle of cell. Female with an abdominal tuft developed in most cases.[1]

Species more or less related to the type speciesEdit

Erythrophleps species groupEdit

Subgenus Rhagonis Walker, 1862 or a separate genusEdit

Subgenus Rhodareas Kirby, 1892Edit

Spilosoma sensu lato species not congeneric to the type speciesEdit

Species of unclear statusEdit

Species separated into ArdicesEdit

Species separated into ToulgarctiaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hampson G. F. (1892). "The Fauna of British India Including Ceylon and Burma: Moths volume II". Digital Library of India. p. 558. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  2. ^ The Moths of Borneo