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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Mickey Mouse
Epitausa perseverans  WALKER, 1858 ( or closely related species )
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE
subfamily - CALPINAE
Tribe -
Epitausa perseverans, Rio Madre de Dios, 400m, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The superfamily Noctuoidea is split into 6 families i.e. Erebidae, Noctuidae, Notodontidae, Euteliidae, Nolidae and Oenosandridae. The Erebidae comprises of 18 subfamilies of which 9 are represented in the neotropical region: Arctiinae, Calpinae, Erebinae, Lymantriinae, Rivulinae, Anobinae, Hypeninae, Herminiinae and Eulepidotinae.
Most moths in the subfamily Calpinae have proboscises that are modified to enable them to pierce and feed on fruit. They are divided into 3 tribes - Phyllodini, Ophiderini and Calpini, totalling about 400 known species worldwide.
There are 23 species in the genus Epitausa. All have similarly shaped wings which are adorned with a wavy series of post-median dots. The stigma at the end of the forewing discal cell varies in shape and colour according to species. The dark median line which in perseverans, rubripincta, pavescens and atriplaga runs from the apex of the forewing to the inner margin is not a consistent diagnostic feature of the genus - in flagrans for example the line begins two-thirds of the way along the costa.
Epitausa perseverans is found in Guyana, Brazil and Peru. It almost certainly also occurs elsewhere e.g. Ecuador and Venezuela.
Habitats
Photographed at Cocha Camunga on the Rio Madre de Dios in Peru, at an altitude of about 400m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

To be completed.

 

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