Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Glasswing Tiger
Calodesma  ( unidentified species ref 097 )
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA

subfamily - ARCTIINAE


Calodesma sp, Pucayacu, Peru  Chris Orpin
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.
The genus 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 approximata and 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.
The 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.
Adult behaviour

About 20 individuals of this species were found mud-puddling at the edge of a stream on a cloudy morning in November.



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