Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Ceroctena amynta  STOLL, 1782
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
subfamily - CALPINAE
Tribe -
Ceroctena amynta, male, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
The superfamily 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.
The genus Ceroctena comprises of a single species amynta. The lovely emerald green ground colour is darker in females, which lack the discal stigma on the forewings, and have narrower borders than the males.
Ceroctena amynta is a common species, distributed from Mexico to Paraguay.
Ceroctena amynta, female, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest at elevations between about 200-2000m.
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

In common with Sosxetra and certain other genera, Ceroctena habitually rest openly on the upper surface of leaves, with their hindwings projecting beyond the forewings. The hindwing costa and the forelegs both have dense tufts of setae which have a slightly prickly appearance, and are effective at breaking up the outline of the moth, thereby increasing the effectiveness of its camouflage.



Contact  /  About me

Butterfly-watching holidays

Trip reports

UK latest sightings

Frequently asked questions

Strange but true !

Taxonomy & Evolution



Enemies of butterflies

Survival strategies

Migration & dispersal

Habitats - UK / Palaearctic

Habitats - Tropical rainforests

Butterfly world census

Butterflies of the World :

British Isles


Amazon & Andes

North America

temperate Asia


Indian subcontinent

Malaysia & Borneo

Papua New Guinea

Australia & N.Z.

Insects of Britain & Europe

Insects of Amazonia

Moths of the Andes

Saturniidae - Silkmoths

Caterpillars of the World

Butterfly Photography

Recommended Books



Code of practice

Copyright - text & images

Copyright - text & images






All photographs, artwork, text & website design are the property of Adrian Hoskins ( unless otherwise stated ) and are protected by Copyright. Photographs or text on this website must not be reproduced in part or in whole or published elsewhere without prior written consent of Adrian Hoskins / learnaboutbutterflies.com

Site hosted by Just Host