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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.