Mocis frugalis

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Sugarcane looper
Mocis frugalis Noctuidae Erebidae, Catocalinae.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Mocis
Species: M. frugalis
Binomial name
Mocis frugalis
(Fabricius, 1775)[1]
Synonyms
  • Noctua frugalis Fabricius, 1775
  • Remigia translata Walker, 1865
  • Chalciope lycopodia Geyer, 1837
  • Remigia frugalis Fabricius, 1775

The sugarcane looper (Mocis frugalis) is a species of moth of the Erebidae family. It is found in several parts of the world, including India, Sri Lanka, West African countries and other Oriental regions. Adult is a fruit-piercer and a major pest throughout the crops.[2]

Taxonomy[edit]

In a recent publication [1] Mocis proverai, that is found in Africa and on the Arabian peninsula is promoted to a separate species. Both species can be distinguished with microscopic research of the genitalia.

Description[edit]

Wingspan 36–50 millimetres (1.4–2.0 in). Male with the hind tibia and tarsi clothed with long thick pile. Grey-brown body. Forewing with a diffused dark mark above the centre of vein 1; an oblique postmedial line pale inwardly, red-brown outwardly; a submarginal series of black specks. Hindwing with postmedial and diffused submarginal lines. Some specimens have a black spot above inner margin of forewing before the middle.[3]

Larva pale yellowish ochreous, with darker lines. Two subdorsal lines present and with a sublateral series of olivaceous spots. The 4th and 5th somites edged behind with black.[4] Food plants, include Zingiberaceae species, Andropogon, Eleusine, Oryza, Panicum, Paspalum, Saccharum, Sorghum, Zea, Typhonium, Cyperus, Glycine, Medicago, and Vigna. Egg are darkish green in color, blotched with dark purple.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ taxapad.com
  2. ^ "Mocis frugalis (Fabricius)". ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Sugarcane Looper". Butterfly House. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Mocis frugalis Fabricius". The Moths of Borneo. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 

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