Erebus caprimulgus

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Erebus caprimulgus
Erebid Moth (Erebus caprimulgus) female (8724689566).jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Erebus
Species: E. caprimulgus
Binomial name
Erebus caprimulgus
(Fabricius, 1781)[1]
  • Noctua caprimulgus Fabricius, 1781
  • Nyctipao exterior Walker, 1858
  • Nyctipao obliterans Walker, 1858
  • Nyctipao truncata Moore, 1877
  • Nyctipao orion Hampson, 1913
  • Erebus exterior (Walker, 1858)
  • Erebus obliterans (Walker, 1858)
  • Erebus truncata (Moore, 1877)
  • Erebus orion (Hampson, 1913)

Erebus caprimulgus is a moth of the family Erebidae. It is found from the Oriental Region of India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar to Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.


Wingspan is about 90-104mm. Show sexual dimorphism. Male with vein 3 running to the functional apex of hind wing. The costal fold obsolete, and the grandular patch small. Male with veins 4 to 8 of hind wings moderately developed in the aborted costal area. Similar to Erebus hieroglyphica, differs from having large whorl of fore wing and absence of yellow sub-apical bar. Abdomen with tufts of orange hair in anal segment round claspers.[2]

Female is somewhat similar to male, but with indistinct antemedial line to fore wing and line from the whorl to inner margin. Hind wings with traces of sinuous medial line. In some morphs, there is a broad sinuous postmedial line on both wings which angled near costa of for wing. The outer area suffused with grey or sometimes mostly white on hind wing. Another morph is brownish, where the wings suffused black as far as postmedial line. Ventral side with irregular postmedial series of white posts to both wings.[3]


  • Erebus caprimulgus caprimulgus
  • Erebus caprimulgus orion (Hampson, 1913) (Borneo)


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  2. ^ 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]
  3. ^ Erebus caprimulgus Fabricius. The Moths of Borneo. 

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