Asota (moth)

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Aganaidae Asota speciosa 2012 01 28 1420.JPG
Asota speciosa, South Africa
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Aganainae
Genus: Asota
Hübner, 1819
  • Aganais
  • Antichera
  • Aspa
  • Damalis
  • Euimata
  • Hypsa
  • Lacides
  • Petalia
  • Psephea
  • Pseudhypsa

Asota is a genus of moths in the Erebidae family. Species are widely distributed throughout Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malayan region and tropical parts of Australian region.


Palpi upturned, where the second joint reaching vertex of head and third joint slender in variable lengths. Antennae fasciculated in males, and ciliated in females. Forewings with vein 5 from the lower angle of cell or just above it. Vein 6 from the upper angle or below it. Areole absent. Hindwings with vein 5 from just above lower angle of cell. Veins 6 and 7 from the upper angle.[1]


The genus was formerly placed in the families Noctuidae and Arctiidae by some authors. Other authors placed them in the family Aganaidae or Hypsidae. Recent phylogenetic studies have shown that the Aganainae are most closely related to the Herminiinae (litter moths), and this pair of subfamilies is most closely related to the Arctiinae (tiger and lichen moths), all within the family Erebidae.[2][3]


Asota ficus, probable female


  1. ^ Hampson G. F. (1892). "The Fauna of British India Including Ceylon and Burma Moths Vol-i". Digital Library of India. p. 558. Retrieved 4 July 2016. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Zahiri, Reza; et al. (2011). "Molecular phylogenetics of Erebidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea)". Systematic Entomology. 37: 102–124. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2011.00607.x. 
  3. ^ Lafontaine, Donald; Schmidt, Christian (19 Mar 2010). "Annotated check list of the Noctuoidea (Insecta, Lepidoptera) of North America north of Mexico". ZooKeys. 40: 26. doi:10.3897/zookeys.40.414.