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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Glassy Longlegs

Syngamilyta apicolor  DRUCE, 1902

Superfamily - PYRALOIDEA
Family - CRAMBIDAE
subfamily - SPILOMELINAE
Tribe -

Syngamilyta apicolor (or closely related species), Satipo, Peru Adrian Hoskins

Introduction

Until recently the Crambidae and Pyralidae were grouped together as Pyralidae, but the most recent revision by Munroe & Solis in 1999 classifies both as full families within the superfamily Pyraloidea.
The Crambidae comprises of about 11,630 known species worldwide, although the true number must be considerably higher, as these moths are generally small and a high percentage of them are dull and inconspicuous. The family is divided into 18 subfamilies, with the Spilomelinae containing about 3,800 species worldwide. The taxonomy of the Pyralidae and Crambidae however are both still in disarray and the current classification is certain to change as more is learnt.
The moth illustrated here is a very close visual match for the species depicted by Bold Systems as Syngamilyta apicolor. Bold Systems list 3 Syngamilyta species - apicolor, pretiosalis and samarialis but the Global Lepidoptera Names Index lists neither of these, and indicates only 2 known species, i.e. leucinodalis and nympha. The Global Pyraloidea database lists 5 species, giving the type location of Costa Rica for samarialis and pretiosalis. It lists 3 Andean species: apicolor TL Colombia, nympha TL Bolivia and pehlkei TL Ecuador.
Habitats
This species was caught at a moth trap in cloudforest in the Peruvian Andes, elevation circa 600m..
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

To be completed.

 

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