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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Bellatrix Prominent
Crinodes bellatrix   CRAMER & STOLL, 1781
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA

Family - NOTODONTIDAE

subfamily - unassigned
Tribe -
Crinodes bellatrix, Velo de la Novia, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The family Notodontidae has representatives throughout the world in temperate and tropical regions. The moths are commonly known as Prominents, a name which refers to the prominent raised tufts of hair-like scales on the thorax.
The genus Crinodes is confined to the neotropics and comprises about 40 medium sized species, all of which are cryptically patterned in shades of brown. They have raised tufts of scales on the wings and thorax, their heads are retracted, and they usually rest with their wings tightly folded around the body and their legs hidden beneath the wings. The overall effect is to make them look very solid and 3-dimensional. Some species look like bits of bark, others like dead leaves, while some species such as bellatrix are remarkably disguised as fallen seeds or nuts.

Crinodes bellatrix is found in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.

Habitats

This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest habitats at altitudes between about 200-800m.

Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The moths are attracted to tungsten, fluorescent and mercury vapour lighting, and during daylight hours can sometimes be found at rest on foliage, or amongst leaf litter on the forest floor.

 

 

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