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Perlata Gem
Eulepidotis perlata  GUENÉE, 1852
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE
subfamily - CALPINAE
Tribe -
Eulepidotis perlata or very closely related species, Rio Madre de Dios, 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.
The genus Eulepidotis is placed in the Catocalinae by some taxonomists, and in the Ophiderinae or Calpinae by others. To add further confusion, while most agree that these are all subfamilies of the Noctuidae, recent taxonomic research has suggested that they should be removed from that family and placed in the newly erected family Erebidae. Regardless of the taxonomy, one point that cannot be argued is that Eulepidotis perlata is a beautiful moth!
There are 85 Eulepidotis species, almost all of which are neotropical in distribution, although at least one species merricki is found as far north as Pennsylvania USA.
Eulepidotis perlata is found in Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador and Peru.
Habitats
This species is found at altitudes between about 100-1500m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

To be completed.

 

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