Tetragonus catamitus

Tetragonus catamitus
Tetragonus catamitus
From the Western Ghats
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Callidulidae
Genus: Tetragonus
Species: T. catamitus
Binomial name
Tetragonus catamitus
Geyer, 1832
  • Cleosiris fasciata Moore, 1883

Tetragonus catamitus is a moth of the Callidulidae family. It is found in tropical Asia. They are day-flying moths that can be easily mistaken for a butterfly due to the position in which they hold their wings.

The larvae feed on ferns Drynaria and possibly Pteridium species.

The head, thorax and abdomens are dark yellowish and reddish-brown. The wings are yellowish and reddish brown. The hindwing is more uniform reddish-brown. On the underside are dark striations and both the forewing and hindwing have three grey spots in the discal cell. There are four pale rufous bands along the medial, postmedial, submarginal region.[1]

Noted from northeastern India, southwest India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka, Tenasserim, Burma and Java.[2]


  1. ^ Hampson GF (1892). Fauna of British India. Moths. 1. Taylor and Francis, London. pp. 322–323. http://www.archive.org/stream/mothsbritind01hamprich#page/322/mode/2up/. 
  2. ^ Cotes, EC & C Swinhoe (1887). Catalogue of the moths of India. 1. Indian Museum, Calcutta. p. 82. http://www.archive.org/stream/catalogueofmoths17cote#page/82/mode/1up/. 

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