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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Pheia Wasp Mimic
Pheia ( sp unidentified ref 3327 )
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE

subfamily - ARCTIINAE

Tribe - CTENUCHINI

Pheia unidentified species ref 3327, Satipo, Peru  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.
The genus Pheia contains 32 known species, all of which are neotropical in distribution. The insect illustrated here has not been determined to species level but resembles gaudens.
Habitats
This species was found in mid-elevation rainforest in the eastern Andes at an elevation of 600m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

To be completed.

 

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