Moths of the Amazon
unidentified species ref 097 )
Calodesma sp, Pucayacu, Peru ©
The subfamily Pericopinae comprises of about 300 species, all of
which are entirely neotropical in distribution. Many of the genera
such as Chetone and
Hypocrita are diurnal and gaudily
coloured, but there are also a number of less colourful nocturnal
genera such as Xenosoma.
Calodesma consists of about 20 species.
Several are marked with patches or bands of red, orange, yellow or
white on a black ground colour. Others including
uraneides are similar to the illustrated species, with
extensive hyaline areas.
The species figured above has not been identified to species level.
It is similar to uraneides but in that
species the dark diagonal band on the forewing meets the margin at
vein 2 rather than vein 3.
illustrated species was found in cloudforest at an elevation of
about 1000m in the eastern Andes of Peru.
The larvae of Pericopinae are generally brightly coloured and have
barbed tubercles arising from the mesothorax. They feed on various
Fabaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Apocyanaceae and Boraginaceae. The pupae
are ornate, and are formed within a flimsy cocoon.
20 individuals of this species were found mud-puddling at the edge of
a stream on a cloudy morning in November.