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Moths of the Amazon and Andes

Gaudy Leopard

Cresera optimus  BUTLER, 1877
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE
subfamily - ARCTIINAE
Tribe -
Cresera optimus, Velo de la Novia, 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 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.

Cresera optimus is found in Venezuela, Surinam, Guyana, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.

Habitats
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest at elevations between about 100-1000m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

To be completed.

 

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