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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Walker's Josia
Josia auriflua  WALKER, 1864
Family - NOTODONTIDAE
subfamily - DIOPTINAE
Tribe - JOSIINI
Josia auriflua, Tatama NP, Colombia  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are 21 described Josia species, found variously from Mexico to Uruguay.
Josia auriflua is distributed from Colombia to Bolivia.
Habitats
This species inhabits cloudforest at elevations between about 1000-1800m, and is usually found in the vicinity of streams or rivers.
Lifecycle
The caterpillar is marked with broken bands of black and yellow. It is long and thin, and habitually rests with the tail raised. It feeds on Passiflora. The pupa is smooth and shiny, reddish with black bands between the segmants, and black streaks on the wing cases. It is formed within a very flimsy cocoon spun on the underside of a leaf.
Adult behaviour

The adults are rarely seen but can occasionally be found at rest on foliage. They fly mainly in the late morning and early afternoon.

 

 

 

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