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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Tribe: Euclidiini
Genus: Mocis
Hübner, [1823][1]
  • Baratha Walker, 1865
  • Cauninda Moore, 1885
  • Pelamia Guenée, 1852
  • Remigia Guenée, 1852

Mocis is a genus of moths in the Erebidae family.

Lepidopterist David Wagner et al. state about the behaviour of Mocis larvae: "Unlike most catocaline larvae, Mocis caterpillars do not wriggle violently when accosted, but rather simply drop to the ground--a habit shared by many grass feeders--where their coloration blends in with dead, withered grass blades."


Status unclear[edit]

  • Mocis punctularis, described as Noctua punctularis Hübner, [1808] from Europe.[2]

Former species[edit]


  • Inoue, H. & S. Sugi, 1961: A new species of the genus Pelamia from Okinawa (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Kontyû 29 (3): 157-158.
  • Kishida, Y., 2010: Descriptions of new species and new subspecies of Japanese Macrolepidoptera (2), with descriptions of 2 new genera. Tinea 21 (3): 129-135.
  • Lafontaine, J.D.; Schmidt, B.C. 2010: Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico. ZooKeys, 40: 1-239. doi:10.3897/zookeys.40.414

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