First Global Report on Mud-puddling by Pyraloidea from India (Insecta: Lepidoptera)




Insecta, Lepidoptera, Pyraloidea, Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalaya, India


Mud-puddling though very common phenomenon in case of Rhopalocera (especially males) is not so common for Heterocera. The phenomenon was observed during one trapping night at Tippi village in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Here the authors present the first global report of Pyraloidea from India


Download data is not yet available.


Adler, P. H. (1982). Soil-and puddle-visiting habits of moths. Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 36, 161-173.

Adler, P. H., & Pearson, D. L. (1982). Why do male butterflies visit mud puddles? Canadian Journal of Zoology, 60(3), 322-325. DOI:

Bänziger, H. (1973). Biologie der lacriphagen Lepidopteren in Thailand and Malaysia. Revue suisse de zoologie, 79(4), 1381-1469. DOI:

Boggs, C. L., & Gilbert, L. E. (1979). Male contribution to egg production in butterflies: evidence for transfer of nutrients at mating. Science, 206(4414), 83-84. DOI:

Clausen, C. P. (1978). Introduced parasites and predators of arthropods pests and weeds: A World Review. Agriculture Research Service, U. S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Drummond, B. A. (1984). Multiple mating and sperm competition in the Lepidoptera. In R. L. Smith. Sperm competition and the evolution of animal mating systems (pp. 291-396). Academic Press. DOI:

Eisner, T., & Meinwald, J. (1995). The chemistry of sexual selection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 92(1), 50-55. PMid:7816847 PMCid:PMC42815 DOI:

Gumhalter, D. (2022). New distribution records of Aglossa signicostalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Europe: a new species for the fauna of Croatia. Phegea, 50(2), 59-63. DOI:

Hilgartner, R., Raoilison, M., Büttiker, W., Lees, D. C., & Krenn, H. W. (2007). Malagasy birds as hosts for eyefrequenting moths. Biology Letters, 3(2), 117-120. PMid:17251126 PMCid:PMC2375961 DOI:

Lai-Fook, J. (1991). Absorption of phosphorus from the spermatophore through the cuticle of the bursa copulatrix of the butterfly, Calpodes ethlius. Tissue and Cell, 23(2), 247-259. PMid:18621160 DOI:

Munroe, E. (1972). Pyraloidea. Pyralidae (in part). In R. B. Dominick, D. C. Ferguson, J. G. Franclemont, R. W. Hodges & E. G. Munroe. The Moths of America North of Mexico (Fasc. 13.1B, pp. 137-250). E. W. Classey Ltd and the Wedge Entomological Research Foundation.

Nuss, M., Landry, B., Mally, R., Vegliante, F., Tränkner, A., Bauer, F., Hayden, J., Segerer, A., Schouten, R., Li, H.,Trofimova, T., Solis, M. A., De Prins, J., & Speidel, W. (2003-2023) Global Information System on Pyraloidea.

Rodgers, W. A., & Panwar, H. S. (1988). Planning a wildlife protected area network in India (Vol. 1): The Report. Wildlife Institute of India.

Skowron Volponi, M. (2020). A vivid orange new genus and species of Braconid-mimicking clearwing moth (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) found puddling on Plecoptera exuviae. Insects, 11(7), 425. PMid:32659949 PMCid:PMC7411731 DOI:

Smedley, S. R., & Eisner, T. (1995). Sodium uptake by puddling in a moth. Science, 270(5243), 1816-1818. PMid:8525374 DOI:

Smedley, S. R., & Eisner, T. (1996). Sodium: a male moth’s gift to its offspring. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 93(2), 809-813. PMid:11607627 PMCid:PMC40138 DOI:

Solis, M. (2007). Phylogenetic studies and modern classification of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera). Revista Colombiana de Entomología, 33(1), 1-8. DOI:

Solis, M. A. (1997). Snout moths: Unraveling the taxonomic diversity of a speciose group in the Neotropics. (pp.231-242). In M. L. Reaka-Kudla, D. Wilson & E. O. Wilson. Biodiversity II: Understanding and Protecting our Biological Resources. Joseph Henry Press.

Xiao, K., Shen, K., Zhong, J. F., & Li, G. Q. (2010). Effects of dietary sodium on performance, flight and compensation strategies in the cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Frontiers in Zoology, 7, 1-8. PMid:20385025 PMCid:PMC2859862 DOI:




How to Cite

Talukdar, A., & Chowdhury, S. (2024). First Global Report on Mud-puddling by Pyraloidea from India (Insecta: Lepidoptera). SHILAP Revista De lepidopterología, 52(206), 349–354.