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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Tiger Bug Mimic
Correbia lycoides  WALKER, 1854
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE

subfamily - ARCTIINAE

Tribe - CTENUCHINI

Correbia lycoides, Rio Madre de Dios, 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. The tribe Ctenuchini is entirely confined to the Americas. It is comprised of 2 subtribes Ctenuchina and Euchromiina which together account for a total of 2532 known species, of which 2496 are wholly neotropical in distribution. The remaining 36 species are partly or wholly North American in distribution. Almost all of the genera within these two subtribes consist entirely of species that mimic wasps or bees. The species illustrated here however appears to be a mimic of a hemipteran bug.
The genus Correbia comprises of 8 very similar species. Most are confined to Central America, with one species undulata extending its range to the south western USA. Only 2 species are known from South America: oberthuri and lycoides. There are several other very similar small Arctiid species of various genera.
Correbia lycoides is found in the Andean foothills, and throughout Amazonia from Guyana to Peru and Bolivia.
C. lycoides may be a mimic of this unidentified Hemipteran bug, Villa Rica, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Habitats
This species is found in lowland and mid-elevation rainforest.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The moths bear a strong resemblance to certain wasps and Hemipteran bugs and this may provide them with a degree of protection from birds and other small predators.

Correbia species are active in sunshine, but also fly at night and are readily attracted to fluorescent or UV lighting.

 

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