Dayflying Moths from Yungas
first update d. 27 march 2010
last update d. 13 march 2023
Redactor: Lars Andersen
Wayku Inca Trail, Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia d. 2 february
2010. Photographer; Lars Andersen
Melittia species? A genus
in the family Sesiidae.
Rio Tunki 1740m., Caranavi Highlands, Yungas, Bolivia march 8, 2023. Photographer; Peter Møllmann
Clearwing Tiger Moth, Hyalurga
fenestra (Linné, 1788).
Yungas, Bolivia february 5, 2018. Photographer; Peter Møllmann
Castnius pelasgus (Cramer, 1779)
Butterfly Moths, Castniidae family
sharing mimicry with Black Metalmark, Melanitis species. Riodinidae family.
Caranavi, Yungas, Bolivia d. 17 january 2018. Photographer; Kirsten
||Giant Sugarcane-Borer, or Banana
Stem Borer, Telchin
Castniid moths, is a small family of
moths with fewer than 200 species: The majority
are Neotropical with some in Australia and a few
in south-east Asia. The Neotropical species are
commonly known as giant butterfly moths.
The caterpillar of this gaudy moth bores into the
stems of sugar-cane. Bananas or Heliconia. Castnia genus of dayflying moths,
together with other Castniids, were a one time grouped
with the butterflies they resemble in antennal
shape, wingshape and coloration.
Many of the 3000
species of this family of moths are mimics of
various genera of wasp.
||Chetone Boisduval (Hypsidae).
About 11 species are
place in this neotropical genus of day-flying
moths. Most species are apparently mimetic
partners of various species of Heliconiinae, Ithomiinae and other butterflies and moths.
||Darna Walker (Hypsidae).
There are a present 18 species exclusively
neotropical genus of moths. One group of
brilliantly colored species which includes D.
is a model for species of Lucillella, a genus of Riodinidae butterflies. Another
group is mimetically associated with Dioptidae.
||Urania Fabricius (Uraniidae).
This is the only New World representative of its
family. In colour patern and particularly in
coloration it is similar to the African and
Madagascan genus Chrysiridia. There are about 8
species, all solely neotropical in distrubution.
julia. (Subfamily Larentiinae
5800 species. Family Geometridae).
comprises of about 80 known
species. Most are dark brown on the upperside,
with a white patch or bar on the forewing. The
hindwings are often marked with streaks of yellow
or red, but in some species are plain brown.
||Pseudatteria Walsingham (Tortricidae).
This is a genus of micro-moths with large,
brightly coloured species, probaly some of the
most remarkable-looking of all the neotropical Tortricids. Since all the species
of Pseudatteria are brightly coloured
and conspicuously patterned it is assumed that
they are the distasteful models and the
species in other genera, which look like them,
||Linnaeus's Joker, Cyllopoda
jatropharia (Linnaeus, 1758).
It seems likely that Cyllopoda could be members of a
mimicry complex that involves several genera of
yellow and black diurnal moths including Formiana,
Xanthiris, Seriocastnia and Myonia; and butterflies such as
the metalmarks Riodinidae; Chamaelimnas
and the skippers Pyrginae; Cabirus
The genus Cyllopoda comprises of 16 species.
They are members of the family Geometridae, subfamily Sterrhinae, which is itself
comprised of over 2800 species worldwide. Few
however are as striking as the yellow/black Cyllopoda genus!
Gonora paphia (Druce 1893). Family; Geometridae. subfamily; Ennominae
Provincia Caranavi, Yungas, Bolivia February 2007. Photographer: Lars Andersen
Lars Andersen January 30, 2020:
I also found ID a Aletta Tiger, Hypocrita aletta ( Stoll, 1782)
at "Learn about Butterflies and Moths" by Adrian Hoskins.
So thank you so much for correct ID Dominik Hofer!
between Yolosa and Unduarvi. 2700 m.a. 30th
Photographer; Peter Møllmann
Flannel Moth, Family: Megalopygidae. Caranavi december 2014. Photographer; Peter Møllmann
Green-banded Urania. Urania leilus
April 27, 2020
Green-banded Urania. Urania leilus (Linnaeus, 1758). Photographer: Lars Andersen
Urania. Urania leilus (Linnaeus, 1758).
Swallowtail moths / Sunset moths, is a day-flying
moth of the family Uraniidae. Superfamily Geometroidea.
Habitats and behaviors: The habitat consists of
riverbanks in primary and secondary rainforest
and cultivated area at elevations between sea
level and about 800 m (2,600 ft). Often seen by
ravines with streams that cross country roads
where they suck on urine-tainted ground, or at
the edges of drying pools.
Foodplant: feed exclusively on species of the
toxic spurge Omphalea.
Distribution: It is found in tropical South
America east of the Andes, including Suriname,
French Guiana, eastern Colombia, Venezuela,
eastern Ecuador, Brazil, northern Bolivia,
eastern Peru, and Trinidad. Are local common in
Caranavi to Santa Fe, 2001ft altitude belongs Rio
Coroico and Rio Broncini. Yungas, Bolivia.
It has been recorded as a migrant to the central
and northern Lesser Antilles such as St. Kitts,
Barbados and Dominica.
There are two Urania species commonly seen in the
Amazonian region - U. leilus and U. fulgens. The latter species is scarcer
and differs in that it lacks the outermost green
bands on the forewings, and has reduced green
markings on the hindwings.
Sunset, Urania boisduvalii (Guérin-Méneville,
1829). Cuba d. 14 march 2020. Photographer; Erling Krabbe
April 28, 2020
canace (Hopffer, 1856).
Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia d. 25
subpicta. (Walker, 1854).
Coroico, Yungas, Bolivia d. 23
Andean Jungle Dragon, Coronidia
1780) subfamily Sematurinae, family Sematuridae.
Dayflying moths. Foodplant: Square-Stemmed Mistletoe, Phoradendron quadrangulare.
Kori Wayku inca trail elev. 2000 m. d. 11 February
2012. Photographer: Lars Andersen
Jungle Dragon, Coronidia
leachii (Godart, 1819).
Yungas, Bolivia november 27, 20121 Photographer; Peter Møllmann
Sematuirid Moths, Mania lunus (Linnaeus,
1758) subfamily Sematurinae, family; Sematuridae.
Caranavi, Yungas, Bolivia d. 2 january 2020. Photographer; Peter Møllmann
Moths / Jungle Dragon Moths, is a day and night-flying
moth of the family Sematuridae. Superfamily Geometroidea. These are large day- or night-flying
moths, usually tailed and similar to Uraniidae in general appearance (except for
the genera Apoprogones (i species s. Africa),
whilst in Neotropics the Sematurinae (29 species). Anuropteryx and Lonchotura (12 species) totaly 41 species.
Tropical Swallowtail Moth, Lyssa zampa (Butler, 1869). Family Uraniidae.
Kinabatangan, Sabah, Borneo d. 11 march 2008. Photographer; Hanne Christensen
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