Thyas honesta

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Thyas honesta
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Thyas honesta (Borneo)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Thyas
Species: T. honesta
Binomial name
Thyas honesta
Hübner, 1824

Ophiusa honesta Hübner, 1824

Thyas honesta is a species of moth of the family Noctuidae. It is found in the Indian subregion, Burma, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Sri Lanka, Borneo and on the Philippines.


Some sources also list the species for Java. Holloway (in his work The Moths of Borneo) lists this species as ranging down to Sumatra, while the sister species Thyas miniacea is listed from the Lesser Sunda Islands east, leaving Java unassigned.

Thyas cf honesta - Surabaya20100904 collage


Wingspan is about 84-104mm. Head and thorax reddish chestnut in color, where the third joint of palpi black. Abdomen crimson. Fore wings reddish chestnut, slightly irrorated with dark scales. There are traces of a sinuous antemedial line with three specks on it. Reniform greyish, where the lower part more or less completely filled in with black. A curved postmedial series of white specks with an indistinct band beyond it angled at vein 6 and met by a dark streak from the apex. A marginal series of specks present. Hind wings crimson with black sub-marginal medial patch.[1]

Larva ophiusine-shaped with apple greenish body and finely lined longitudinally with purple-centered double white lines. The dorsolateral pair of conical tubercles are yellowish patched with red. The larvae feed on Careya, Barringtonia and Planchonia species.[2]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Thyas honesta Hübner". The Moths of Borneo. Retrieved 14 August 2016.