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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Cladus: Macroheterocera
Superfamilia: Noctuoidea

Familia: Erebidae
Subfamilia: Arctiinae
Tribus: Arctiini
Subtribus: Phaegopterina
Genus: Pelochyta
Species: P. acuta – P. adumbrata – P. affinis – P. albipars – P. albotestaceus – P. aliena – P. amyeaderae – P. arenacea – P. arontes – P. atra – P. bicolor – P. brunnescens – P. brunnitricha – P. cervina – P. cinerea – P. colombiana – P. degenera – P. dorsicincta – P. draudti – P. fassli – P. fergusoni – P. gandolfii – P. guatemalae – P. haemapleura – P. joseensis – P. lystra – P. misera – P. nabor – P. neuroptera – P. nigrescens – P. pallida – P. pallida – P. propinqua – P. ruficollis – P. semivitrea – P. songoa – P. spitzi – P. timrichi – P. umbrata

Pelochyta Hübner, 1819

Type species: Sphinx arontes Caspar Stoll, 1782

Sontia Walker, 1856

Additional references

Espinoza, B.A., Janzen, D.H. & Hallwachs, W. 2017. 17 new species hiding in 10 long-named gaudy tropical moths (Lepidoptera: Erebidae, Arctiinae). Tropical Lepidoptera Research 27(suppl. 1): 1-29. full article (PDF). Reference page.

Pelochyta is a genus of moths in the family Erebidae. The species was first described by Jacob Hübner in 1819. They are distributed in Africa, throughout India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Britain.


Palpi correctly upturned and slender. Antennae nearly simple. Forewing with the costa arched. The outer margin and obliquely curved. Veins 3 to 5 from angle of cell. Vein 6 from below upper angle. Veins 7 to 9 are stalked. Vein 10 from cell. Hindwings with the anal angle slightly produced. Outer margin nearly straight. Apex slightly acute. Veins 3 to 5 from close to angle of cell. Veins 6 and 7 from upper angle. Vein 8 from near end of cell.[1]

Pelochyta acuta Toulgoët, 1984
Pelochyta adumbrata Dognin, 1922
Pelochyta affinis Rothschild, 1909
Pelochyta albipars (Hampson, 1914)
Pelochyta albotestaceus (Rothschild, 1909)
Pelochyta aliena (Maassen, 1890)
Pelochyta arenacea (Schaus, 1901)
Pelochyta arontes (Stoll, [1782])
Pelochyta atra Rothschild, 1909
Pelochyta bicolor Rothschild, 1909
Pelochyta brunnescens Rothschild, 1909
Pelochyta cervina (H. Edwards, 1884)
Pelochyta cinerea (Walker, 1855)
Pelochyta colombiana (Rothschild, 1916)
Pelochyta dorsicincta Hampson, 1916
Pelochyta draudti (Seitz, 1922)
Pelochyta fassli Rothschild, 1911
Pelochyta fergusoni Watson & Goodger, 1986
Pelochyta gandolfii Schaus, 1933
Pelochyta haemapleura Dognin, 1914
Pelochyta joseensis Strand, 1921
Pelochyta misera Schaus, 1911
Pelochyta nigrescens (Dognin, 1891)
Pelochyta pallida (Schaus, 1901)
Pelochyta propinqua Toulgoët, 1984
Pelochyta ruficollis (Druce, 1884)
Pelochyta semivitrea (Dognin, 1907)
Pelochyta songoa Schaus, 1933
Pelochyta spitzi Rothschild, 1933
Pelochyta umbrata Hampson, 1901

Former species

Pelochyta nabor Schaus, 1924



Hampson, G. F. (1894). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma: Moths Volume II. Taylor and Francis – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.


Pitkin, Brian & Jenkins, Paul. "Search results Family: Arctiidae". Butterflies and Moths of the World. Natural History Museum, London.
Savela, Markku. "Pelochyta Hübner, [1819]". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved January 1, 2018.

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