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Moths of the Amazon and Andes

Vermillion Humbug

Cissura unilineata  DOGNIN, 1891
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE
subfamily - ARCTIINAE
Tribe -
Cissura unilineata, Villa Rica, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are about 6000 known species of Arctiinae in the neotropical region. Most are noxious to birds and have aposematic or diematic warning coloration.
There are 4 species in the genus Cissura, distributed variously from Honduras to Paraguay. All 4 species are distinctively marked in red and dark grey. In unilineata and bilineata the grey bands are narrow but in decora and plumbea they are very broad and almost obscure the red ground colour. In all Cissura species the hindwings are grey, the abdomen is red, and the thorax is striped red and grey. The aposematic colouration strongly suggests that the moths are unpalatable to birds.

Cissura unilineata is found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

Habitats
This species is found in cloudforest habitats at elevations between about 1000-2500m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

To be completed.

 

 

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