Mocis frugalis

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Mocis frugalis
Mocis frugalis Noctuidae Erebidae, Catocalinae.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Latreille, 1809
Genus: Mocis
Hübner, [1823]
Species: M. frugalis
Binomial name
Mocis frugalis
(Fabricius, 1775)
  • Remigia translata Walker, 1865
  • Chalciope lycopodia Geyer, 1837
  • Remigia frugalis Fabricius, 1775

The Sugarcane Looper (Mocis frugalis) is a species of moth of subfamily Catocalinae of Family Noctuidae found in several parts of the world, including India.


Wingspan 36–50 mm

Grey-brown. Fore wing with a diffused dark mark above the centre of vein 1 ; an oblique postmedial line pale inwardly, red- brown outwardly; a submarginal series of black specks. Hindwing with postmedial and diffused submarginal lines.

Some specimens have a black spot above inner margin of fore wing before the middle.[1]

Larva pale yellowish ochreous, with darker lines ; two subdorsal lines ; and a sublateral series of olivaceous spots ; 4th and 5th somites edged behind with black. Food-plants, Zingiberacece.[1]


Throughout the Oriental and Australian regions.[1]

In a recent publication [1] Mocis proverai, that is found in Africa and on the Arabian peninsula is promoted to a separate species. Both species can be distinguished with microscopic research of the genitalia.


  1. ^ a b c G. F. Hampson (1895) The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma, Moths Vol. III