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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Emeraldine
Ceroctena amynta  STOLL, 1782
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE
subfamily - CALPINAE
Tribe -
Ceroctena amynta, male, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
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
Habitats
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest at elevations between about 200-2000m.
Lifecycle
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.

 

 

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