Moths of the Amazon
Family - EREBIDAE
subfamily - ARCTIINAE
Tribe - LITHOSIINI
Wayqecha, 2950m, Peru
© Adrian Hoskins
There are about 6000 known species of Arctiinae in the neotropical
region. Most are noxious to birds and have aposematic or diematic
warning coloration. The tribe Lithosiini is represented in all
regions of the world, with the highest diversity and abundance in
temperate zones including tropical cloud-forest and elfin forest.
There are about 50
species in the genus Agylla, of which
36 occur in the neotropical region.
Agylla hermanilla is found
in Ecuador and Peru.
This species was photographed at an altitude of 2950m, at Wayqecha
research station, a stunted cloudforest habitat at the puna /
cloudforest transition zone at the edge of Manu national park in the
The larvae feed on lichens.
species is attracted in numbers to UV light.