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Dognin's Helia

Helia subjugua DOGNIN, 1912
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - NOCTUIDAE
subfamily - EREBINAE
Tribe - incertae sedis
Helia subjugua, 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.
The Erebinae includes an estimated 1000 species, most of which are unstudied, so much remains to be learned about their taxonomy and biology.
There are 19 known Helia species, distributed from the southern USA to Argentina. They are all dark brown moths with a broad muscular thorax. Their forewings have a whitish or semi-hyaline crescent at the end of the discal cell, and a distinctive pale area stretching from the basal area towards the costa. Additionally they have a well defined broad post median band on both wings.
Helia subjugua is distributed from Costa Rica to Peru.
Habitats
This species inhabits tropical and subtropical forests at elevations between about 50-400m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The adults are nocturnal and probably rest among leaf litter in the undergrowth during the daytime.

 

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