Moths of the Amazon
Hypocrita plagifera FELDER
& FELDER, 1862
Hypocrita plagifera, Pantiacolla, Rio
Alto Madre de Dios, 550m, Peru ©
) comprises 44 known species, variously distributed from Mexico to
Bolivia, with the greatesty diversity in Colombia. All are medium to
large moths with jet black wings. Several of the species have a
vivid metallic blue sheen, and most are marked with broad diagonal
white or yellow bands. All have broad bodies and very small heads.
is found in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.
This species is confined to the Amazonian rainforest at altitudes
between sea level and about 900m.
To be completed.
moths are active in sunshine, and have a rapid zigzagging or figure of
eight flight pattern. They spend long periods at rest beneath the
leaves of saplings and bushes, and always return to the same spot
after each flight.