Mocis undata

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Brown-striped semilooper
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Genus: Mocis
Species: M. undata
Binomial name
Mocis undata
(Fabricius, 1775)[1]
  • Noctua undata Fabricius, 1775
  • Remigia archesia Hampson, 1782
  • Phalaena archesia Cramer, 1782
  • Phalaena virbia Cramer, 1782
  • Remigia gregalis Guenée, 1852
  • Ophisma velata Walker, 1864
  • Remigia bifasciata Walker, 1865
  • Cauninda bifasciata Warren, 1913
  • Mocis uberia Wileman, 1923
  • Mocis virbia (Cramer, 1782)

The Brown-striped semilooper, (Mocis undata), is a species of moth of the Erebidae family. It is found in the Afrotropical and Oriental Regions, including India and Sri Lanka.


Male with mid and hind tibia clothed with long hair. Body pale red-brown. Abdomen pale fuscous, the anal tuft ochreous. Fore wing with a short sub-basal red-brown line. An oblique antemedial pale of ochreous line present, with diffused red-brown band on its outer edge. A sinuous medial line angled on median nervure. Reniform large and indistinct. A red-brown diffused postmedial band, on which is a dark line slightly curved outwards beyond the cell, and at vein 2, it is very irregularly curved inwards to lower angle of cell, then descending to inner margin. An indistinct pale waved sub-marginal line present with a black specks series on it. There is a dark waved marginal line. Hind wings ochreous fuscous, with narrow fuscous medial band and diffused sub-marginal band. Legs rufous.[2]

Larva purplish brown speckled with black. The lateral area yellowish with red lines. A sub-lateral row of small black dots present. Head brownish with red lateral streak. Pupa efflorescent. The larvae feed on Cytisus, Desmodium, Wisteria, Arachis, Butea, Cajanus, Calopogonium, Crotalaria, Derris, Glycine, Indigofera, Mucuna, Phaseolus, Pueraria, Rhynchosia, Tephrosia, Vigna, Shorea, Hevea, Gossypium, Nephelium and Solanum species.[3]


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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. 
  3. ^ "Mocis undata Fabricius". The Moths of Borneo. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 

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