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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Iridescent Tiger
Hypocrita plagifera  FELDER & FELDER, 1862
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE

subfamily - ARCTIINAE

Tribe - PERICOPINI

Hypocrita plagifera, Pantiacolla, Rio Alto Madre de Dios, 550m, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Hypocrita ( formerly Eucyane ) 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.
Hypocrita plagifera is found in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.
Habitats
This species is confined to the Amazonian rainforest at altitudes between sea level and about 900m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The 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.

 

 

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