Moths of the Amazon
( unidentified species
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE
subfamily - CALPINAE
unidentified species, Madre de Dios, Peru ©
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.
are 8 named species in the genus Gorgone,
but probably at least 30 in the genus that are as yet undescribed to
science. Members of this genus have slightly glossy wings bearing a
dark median line which runs from the forewing apex to the inner
margin. Other characteristics include the stigma and the tiny basal
dot on the forewings, and the series of post-median dots on both
This species was found at an altitude of about 400m in rainforest
bordering the Rio Madre de Dios in southern Peru.
To be completed.