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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Blue-green Wasp Mimic
Antichloris eriphia  FABRICIUS, 1777
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE

subfamily - ARCTIINAE

Tribe - CTENUCHINI

Antichloris eriphia, Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
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 Ctenuchini is entirely confined to the Americas. It is comprised of 2 subtribes Ctenuchina and Euchromiina which together account for a total of 2532 known species, of which 2496 are wholly neotropical in distribution. The remaining 36 species are partly or wholly North American in distribution. Almost all of the genera within these two subtribes consist entirely of species that mimic wasps or bees.
The genus Antichloris contains about 30 species characterised by having black wings and bodies that reflect a bluish or greenish sheen. Identification can be difficult because there are many very similar species in other genera including Timalus, Phaeosphecia, Poliopastea, Psoloptera and Macrocneme. It is possible to narrow down the search by paying close attention to the wing shape and venation, and to the markings on the head, thorax and abdomen. In Antichloris eriphia the thoracic markings are very distinctive, and there are 2 red spots behind the head - although these can only be seen when the moth extends its head forward when feeding.
Antichloris eriphia is found in Ecuador and Peru.
Habitats
To be completed.
Lifecycle
The furry white caterpillars of this and other Antichloris species feed on Musaceae, and are pests of banana crops.
Adult behaviour

This species is active in hot sunshine but also visits artificial lighting in late evening.

 

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