Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Sugarcane Looper Moth

Mocis frugalis


Brownish moth, about 2cm of body length. Mocis frugalis (Fabricius, 1775), the Sugarcane Looper, is a species of moth of subfamily Catocalinae of family Noctuidae Latreille, 1809, found across Africa and Asia including India and northern Australia. Moths are brown with a diagonal line with a pale inner edge across each forewing. The single dark line across the forewing distinguishes M. frugalis moths from other Mocis species. Some specimens have a black spot above inner margin of forewing before the middle. Hindwings are slightly darker at their outer edge. Wingspan is 36–50mm. Slightly more angular wings than M. alterna. Larvae may be confused with those of M. alterna but are distinguished by the transverse black bands on the thorax.


Backyard garden, spotted on ceiling of the garage.



1 Species ID Suggestions

Sugarcane Looper
Mocis frugalis Mocis frugalis

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Thanks Leana ;)

Thank you Nuwan for the ID and link. :)

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 18, 2013
Submitted on Feb 3, 2013

Related Spottings

Small Mocis Moth Looper Moth Yellow Mocis Moth Withered Mocis Moth

Nearby Spottings

Meadow Spittlebug Common Male Fern Brown-winged Stink Bug Striped Mealybug
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team