Moths of the Amazon
subfamily - ARCTIINAE
Velo de la Novia,
There are about 6000 known species of Arctiinae in the neotropical
region. Most are noxious to birds and have aposematic or diematic
There are 14 species in the genus
Cresera, all of which are neotropical in
distribution. The forewings typically have an orange or reddish-brown
ground colour. Several species such as optimus
have red veins and a pattern of yellow rectangles centred with orange.
In others such as ilioides the spots are
white and merge into an irregular pattern of blotches creating the
illusion of a dead leaf with areas of exposed cuticle.
is found in Venezuela, Surinam, Guyana, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest at elevations
between about 100-1000m.
To be completed.