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Blue Tiger Moth (Dysphania percota)

The blue tiger moth is a member of the family of geometer moths native to India. They are similar in appearance to the long blue tiger moth.

Blue Tiger Moth

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Geometridae
  • Genus: Dysphania
  • Scientific Name: Dysphania percota

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

The larvae are blue and orange, with black spots observed on the blue segments.

Blue Tiger Moth Caterpillar

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Pupa

Pupation occurs in a red cocoon that has black spots on both sides.

Blue Tiger Moth Pupa

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Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

Forewings: When the wings are opened, the outer area of the wing is deep purple, while the inner part appears white with purple spots spread throughout. When the wings are closed, the purple and white spots remain prominently visible.

Hindwings: When the wings are opened, they are white with two big blue spots, and many small purplish ones scattered irregularly. When the wings are closed, the colors remain the same.

Average wingspan: 8 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: Not recorded

Dysphania percota

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Egg

They are pale yellow when newly laid, eventually turning to reddish-brown.

Blue Tiger Moth Eggs

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Quick Facts

DistributionIndia
HabitatGardens, grasslands, woodlands, and near rivers
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsCarallia
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • English lepidopterist Colonel Charles Swinhoe first described this species in 1891.
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