Argina astrea

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Argina astrea
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Argina
Species: A. astrea
Binomial name
Argina astrea
(Drury, 1773)
  • Argena astrea
  • Phalaena astrea Drury, 1773
  • Phalaena cribraria Clerck, 1764
  • Bombyx pylotis Fabricius, 1775
  • Deiopeia dulcis Walker, 1854
  • Xanthestes guttata Rambur, 1866
  • Argina notata Butler, 1877
  • Argina pylotes Butler, 1877
  • Alpenus multiguttatus Swinhoe, 1892
  • Argina perforata Seitz, 1914
  • Argina detersa Hulstaert, 1923
  • Lomaspilis pantheraria Felder, 1874

The Crotalaria pod borer (Argina astrea) is a moth of the Erebidae family. It is found in eastern Africa, southern Asia of India, Sri Lanka, and Indo-Australia, including the Pacific Islands and Australia.


The wingspan is about 40 mm. The species is extremely variable in wingpattern as well as ground color. Differs from Mangina argus in the head, thorax and fore wing being orange-yellowish or whitish in color. Abdomen and hind wings are bright orange. Markings and spots are similar to neighbor of species.[1] The head of caterpillar is reddish brown when fully grown. Body black with white intersegmental rings that contain broken black transverse lines. Spiracles are in orange patches.[2]


The larvae feed on Crotalaria species. The species prefers secondary habitats ranging from the lowlands to the montane region.[3]


  • Argina astrea astrea (China (Yunnan, Hong Kong, Zhejiang, Guangdong), Taiwan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma, Philippines, Japan (Ryukyu), Indochina, Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, Oceania, eastern Africa, Ghana, Madagascar, Seychelles)
  • Argina astrea pardalina Walker, 1864 (eastern Africa, Madagascar)


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