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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Mocis
Hübner, [1823]

Baratha Walker[verification needed]
Cauninda Moore[verification needed]
Pelamia Guenée[verification needed]
Remigia Guenée[verification needed]

Mocis is a genus of moths formerly of the Noctuidae family. The Noctuidae family of moths are mostly classified in the family Erebidae now, along with all of the former members of the families Arctiidae and Lymantriidae.[1] This re-classification has not yet met with general consensus, and many resources and publications still follow the older classification scheme (e.g.[2]).

David Wagner et al. state about the behaviour of Mocis larvae: "Unlike most catocaline larvae, Mocis caterpillars do not wriggle violently when accosted, but rather simply drop to the ground--a habit shared by many grass feeders--where their coloration blends in with dead, withered grass blades."



  1. ^ Lafontaine, J. D. & Fibiger, M. 2006 Revised higher classification of the Noctuidae (Lepidoptera). Can. Entomol. 138, 610–635. doi:10.4039/N06-012
  2. ^ Tree of Life Web Project. 2009. Noctuoidea. Version 10 August 2009 (temporary). in The Tree of Life Web Project,