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Moths of the Amazon and Andes

Black-spot Wasp-mimic

Loxophlebia flavipicta  SCHAUS, 1912

Family - EREBIDAE

subfamily - ARCTIINAE

Tribe - SYNTOMINI

Loxophlebia flavipicta, Tatama NP, Colombia Adrian Hoskins

Introduction

There are about 6000 known species of Arctiinae in the neotropical region. Most are noxious to birds and have aposematic or diematic warning coloration. The tribe Ctenuchini is entirely confined to the Americas. It is comprised of 2 subtribes Ctenuchina and Euchromiina which together account for a total of 2532 known species, of which 2496 are wholly neotropical in distribution. The remaining 36 species are partly or wholly North American in distribution. Almost all of the genera within these two subtribes consist entirely of species that mimic wasps or bees
There are about 45 described Loxophlebia species, distributed variously from Mexico to s.e. Brazil.
Loxophlebia flavipicta can be recognised by its yellowish venation, and by the large black spot on the abdomen. It is known from only Costa Rica and Colombia but probably occurs from Mexico to Ecuador and Peru.
Habitats
This species was found in cloudforest at an elevation of 1350m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour
To be completed.

 

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