Hypena obacerralis

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Hypena obacerralis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Hypeninae
Genus: Hypena
Species: H. obacerralis
Binomial name
Hypena obacerralis
Walker, 1859
  • Hypena longipalpalis Guenée, 1862
  • Hypena comes Butler, 1882
  • Rhynchina eremialis Swinhoe, 1889
  • Hypena invenustalis Swinhoe, 1890
  • Hypena ferriscitalis Walker, [1866] 1865
  • Hypena sordida Rothschild, 1921

Hypena obacerralis is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found throughout Africa, the Middle East and South Asia (India, Sri Lanka) and Malaysia.[1][2]


Wingspan is about 24-30mm. Fore wings much broader. The outer margin less oblique. Raised tufts are slight. Body pale or dark greyish reddish brown. Fore wings slightly irrorated with dark scales. There are traces of an antemedial waved line and a dark speck in the cell present. An oblique slightly sinuous rusty line runs from the costa before apex to middle of inner margin. Traces of an oblique dark line can be seen from the apex, often with a more or less complete dark specks series found on it. Abdomen and hind wings fuscous. Body color slightly paler or darker according to the region.[3]

Larva known to feed on Commelina pacifica plants.[4]


  1. ^ "Distribution of Hypena ferriscitalis". Afromoths. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Snout Moth (Hypena obacerralis)". southafricaninsects. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Hampson G. F. (1892). "The Fauna Of British India Including Ceylon And Burma Moths Vol-iii". Digital Library of India. p. 558. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Hypena obacerralis, Walker, 1859". African moths. Retrieved 27 August 2016.