Earias insulana (Boisduval, 1833) - Egyptian Bollworm

Taxonomic Information

List of Earias Hübner, [1825] 1816 species known from India:
Earias apicebrunnea Warren, 1916. India (Meghalaya).
Earias biplaga Walker, 1866. India; Nepal.
Earias cupreoviridis (Walker, 1862) (Xanthoptera). India (Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andamans, Nicobar Isl., Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura); Sri Lanka; Nepal.
Earias flavida Felder, 1861. India (Nilgiris, Kerala, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu); Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar.
Earias insulana (Boisduval, 1833) (Tortrix). India (Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan); Sri Lanka; Myanmar.
Earias luteolaria Hampson, 1891. India (Bihar, Nagaland, Nilgiris, Andamans, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu); Sri Lanka.
Earias pudicana Staudinger, 1887. India (Himachal Pradesh).
Earias roseifera Butler, 1881. India (Assam, Meghalaya).
Earias roseoviridis Sugi, 1982. India (Uttarakhand).
Earias venusta Warren, 1916. India (Himachal Pradesh).
Earias vittella (Fabricius, 1794) (Tinea). India (Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Odisha, South India, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Orissa, Kerala, Rajasthan, Bihar, Jharkhand); Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Nepal; Myanmar.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat1
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka1
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
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Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
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Sikkim
Tamil Nadu1
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total111

Earias insulana (Boisduval, 1833) – Egyptian Bollworm Abelmoschus esculentus, Abutilon sp., Alcea rosea, Gossyppium sp., Gossypium herbaceum,  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (Malvaceae),Ceratonia siliqua (Fabaceae), Manilkara zapota (Sapotaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010).

  1. OD: Tortrix insulana Boisduval, 1833. Faun. Madag.:121, Pl. 16, f. 9. 
  2. Hampson, G. F. 1894. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol. 2. Taylor & Francis, London. Arctiidae, Agrostidae, Noctuidae 609 p - 325 figs. Pg. 133, # 1508. 
  3. Townsend, M. & P. Waring. 2007. Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland (2003). Pg. 144. 
  4. Kononenko, V. S. & A. Pinratana. 2013. Moths of Thailand, Volume 3: Noctuoidea Part 2: Addendum to Vol. 3, Part 1, Families Erebidae, Nolidae, Euteliidae, Noctuidae and Checklist. Pl. 31/9-10. 
  5. https://ukmoths.org.uk/species/earias-insulana
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earias_insulana

 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Earias insulana (Boisduval, 1833) – Egyptian Bollworm. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.74. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.mothsofindia.org/earias-insulana, accessed 2024/05/28.