SUBFAMILY HADENINAE
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Spodoptera cilium Guenee  
Spodoptera cilium Guenee, 1852, Hist. nat. Insectes, Spec. gen. Lep., 5: 156.
Spodoptera cilium Guenee; Brown & Dewhurst, 1975: 251.


Spodoptera cilium


Diagnosis.
This species is more uniform in both sexes than S. pecten, with filiform antennae in the male. The hindwings are almost entirely white except for a narrow pale brown zone at the margin.

Geographical range.
Old World tropics.

Habitat preference.
The species is much rarer than the previous two, but is found in similar habitats.

Biology. The larva has chisel-like mandibles as in mauritia and lacks black colouring, but the central segmental spots are usually not long and narrow (Brown & Dewhurst, 1975). In India (Sevastopulo, 1941b) the larva is variably greenish brown in general coloration.

The species is a grass feeder (Brown & Dewhurst) and has been noted from rice (Oryza) in the Oriental Region.

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