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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Walker's moth

Sosxetra grata  WALKER, 1862

Superfamily - NOCUOIDEA
Family - EREBIDAE
subfamily - CALPINAE
Tribe -

Sosxetra grata, Villa Rica, Peru Adrian Hoskins

Introduction

The superfamily Noctuoidea is split into 6 families i.e. Erebidae, Noctuidae, Notodontidae, Euteliidae, Nolidae and Oenosandridae. The Erebidae comprises of 18 subfamilies of which 9 are represented in the neotropical region: Arctiinae, Calpinae, Erebinae, Lymantriinae, Rivulinae, Anobinae, Hypeninae, Herminiinae and Eulepidotinae.
Most moths in the subfamily Calpinae have proboscises that are modified to enable them to pierce and feed on fruit. They are divided into 3 tribes - Phyllodini, Ophiderini and Calpini, totalling about 400 known species worldwide.
The genus Sosxetra is closely related to Ceroctena, and comprises of a single species grata.
Sosxetra grata is distributed from Costa Rica to Peru.
Habitats
This species is found in cloudforest at elevations between about 400-1800m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

To be completed.

 

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