Moths of the Amazon
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE
subfamily - CALPINAE
Baecula gallopavo, Satipo, Peru ©
Noctuoidea is split into 6 families i.e. Erebidae, Noctuidae,
Notodontidae, Euteliidae, Nolidae and Oenosandridae. The Erebidae
comprises of 18 subfamilies of which 9 are represented in the
neotropical region: Arctiinae, Calpinae, Erebinae, Lymantriinae,
Rivulinae, Anobinae, Hypeninae, Herminiinae and Eulepidotinae.
Most moths in the subfamily Calpinae have proboscises that are
modified to enable them to pierce and feed on fruit. They are
divided into 3 tribes - Phyllodini, Ophiderini and Calpini,
totalling about 400 known species worldwide.
Baecula contains just a single species
gallopavo, which was formerly known by
the name Lepidodes limbulata.
is found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru
inhabits rainforest and cloudforest at elevations between about
To be completed.