Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Jordan's Hookwing
Oxytenis nubila  JORDAN, 1924
Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA
subfamily - OXYTENINAE
Tribe -
Oxytenis nubila, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
There are 19 Oxytenis species, all of which are neotropical in distribution. The adults have falcate forewings which in several species including nubila, sobrina and mirabilis are deeply excavated. In most species the hindwings are smoothly rounded but in beprea, epiphaea, peregrina and zerbina they are strongly lobed. All species have a brownish ground colour, and are marked with a dark line extending from the apex of the forewing to midway along the inner margin of the hindwing.
Oxytenis nubila is found from Costa Rica to Peru.
This species is found in rainforest and cloudforest at elevations between about 200-1500m.
The larva when fully grown is green, with a black patch near the tail. If molested the larva rears up and puffs out the thoracic segments, exposing a pair of prominent black eyespots, each ringed with orange and yellow. The general appearance is of a small tree snake.
Adult behaviour

The adults rest during the day among leaf litter in the undergrowth, or hanging from stems or small branches.



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