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Arctia caja 01.jpg
Arctia caja imago
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Subtribe: Arctiina
Genus: Arctia
Schrank, 1802

Ammobiota Wallengren, 1885
Eucharia Hübner, [1820] (disputed)

Arctia is a genus of tiger moths in the Erebidae family. Therein, it belongs to the subtribe Arctiina in the tribe Arctiini in the subfamily Arctiinae. It is the type genus of all these Arcti- taxa. Species are well distributed throughout North America, Palearctic, India, and Sri Lanka.


Palpi porrect, reaching beyond the frons where the first two joints are hairy. Antennae bipectinated in male, with short branches swollen at extremity, and with a terminal bristle, whereas female has serrate. Legs hairy with hind tibia bears two spur pairs. Fore wings rather short and broad.[1]


The species of Arctia consist of the main caja group, some more distantly related species which presently form monotypic "groups", and one species that might not actually belong here:

caja group:

Monotypic "groups":

Incertae sedis:

Formerly placed here[edit]

Many more of the Arctiinae were initially placed in this genus. Species moved out of Arctia more recently include:


  1. ^ Hampson G. F. (1892). "The Fauna Of British India Including Ceylon And Burma Moths Vol-ii". Digital Library of India. p. 558. Retrieved 4 July 2016.[permanent dead link]

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