MOTHS OF JAMAICA
SPECIES LISTS BY FAMILY
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The PERICOPINAE are a small group of some 300 species, found only in
the New World and almost exclusively tropical.
They typically have large, broad wings but slender bodies
and a generally feeble appearance and range in wingspan from 20
to 80 mm. They are generally extremely brightly coloured and
often fly by day. Larval foodplants include species in a wide
range of toxic plant families such as the Asclepiadaceae and
Apocynaceae. This subfamily has been catalogued for the neotropics
by Watson & Goodger (1986) but has not been the subject of an
extensive illustrated review since Seitz (1925).
I have collected or otherwise catalogued 9 species of this subfamily in Jamaica
so far, as listed
below. This is probably a complete or almost complete listing of Jamaican Pericopines.
Please click on any underlined species
names to go to a colour illustration of the adult (and sometimes its genitalia)
and brief information on the species.
The genus Composia
Composia credula Fab.
The genus Are
Are druryi Watson & Goodger
The genus Ctenuchidia
Ctenuchidia virgo Herrich-Schaeffer
Ctenuchidia fulvibasis (?) Hering
The genus Hyalurga
Hyalurga halizoa Druce
Hyalurga vinosa Drury
Hyalurga diastilba (?) Hering
The genus Stenognatha
Stenognatha toddi Lane & Watson
The genus Syntomidopsis
Syntomidopsis variegata Walker
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