MOTHS OF NICARAGUA
SPECIES LISTS BY FAMILY
15(a). Arctiidae: Arctiinae

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SUBFAMILY DESCRIPTION
The subfamily Arctiinae are the classic 'Tiger Moths' with a generally robust appearance and equally broad hind- and fore-wings. Most adults are medium-sized, 40m mm in wingspan or more, and extremely brightly coloured. The larvae are usually colourful and extremely hairy, with tufts of hair originating from small fleshy projections called tubercles. Larval foodplants include a wide range of herbs and small shrubs. The New World Arctiinae are a colourful group and are hence popular with collectors and relatively well documented. Watson & Goodger's work (1986) catalogues all of the known species of Arctiinae and Pericopinae from the Neotropics, and illustrations of large numbers of species may be found in Hampson (1900, 1901, 1920), Seitz (1925) and the two volumes of Biologia Centrali-Americana by Druce (1884, 1897). Recent revisional papers exist on several neotropical Arctiine groups authored by Travassos (various dates, see publications), de ToulgoŽt (various dates, see publications)) and Watson (various dates, see publications). I am grateful to Michel Laguerre in Bordeaux - who has collected far more extensively in Nicaragua than I - for his comments on many of my specimens (the many remaining errors are mine and not his!)

NICARAGUA SPECIES
57 morphospecies of this subfamily have been collected by myself in Nicaragua so far (or sent to me by Jean-Michel Maes), as listed below - 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 genusRobinsonia

  • Robinsonia sp. indet. (nov.?)

    The genus Ischnognatha
  • Ischnognatha semiopalina Felder 1874

    The genus Idalus
  • Idalus intermedia Rothschild 1909
  • Idalus aleteria Schaus 1905
  • Idalus vitreoides Rothschild 1922
  • Idalus critheis Druce 1884

    The genus Phaeomolis
  • Phaeomolis vampa Schaus 1910

    The genus Symphlebia
  • Symphlebia sp. nr. alinda Dyar 1909

    The genus Amaxia
  • Amaxia osmophora Hampson 1901

    The genus Scaptius
  • Scaptius submarginalis (?) Rothschild 1909

    The genus Evius
  • Evius hippia Stoll 1790

    The genus Hyponerita
  • Hyponerita tipolis Druce 1896

    The genus Neritos
  • Neritos cotes Druce 1896
  • Neritos cardinalis Dognin 1899
  • Neritos leucoplaga Hampson 1905
  • Neritos sp. indet. 1

    The genus Trichromia
  • Trichromia sp. indet. 1
  • Trichromia sp. indet. 2

    The genus Parevia
  • Parevia metachryseis Hampson 1905
  • Parevia sp. indet. 1

    The genus Sutonocrea
  • Sutonocrea reducta Walker 1856

    The genus Gorgonidia
  • Gorgonidia buckleyi Druce 1883

    The genus Lepidokirbyia
  • Lepidokirbyia vittipes Walker 1855

    The genus Apyre
  • Apyre separata Walker 1854

    The genus Rhipha
  • Rhipha chionoplaga Dognin 1913

    The genus Cratoplastis
  • Cratoplastis diluta Felder 1874

    The genus Ormetica
  • Ormetica sicilia Druce 1884
  • Ormetica sp. indet. 1
  • Ormetica sp. indet. 2
  • Ormetica sp. indet. 3
  • Ormetica sp. indet. 4
  • Ormetica sp. indet. 5

    The genus Selenarctia
  • Selenarctia elissoides Rothschild 1909

    The genus Viviennea
  • Viviennea salma Druce 1896

    The genus Ordishia
  • Ordishia fafner Schaus 1933
  • Ordishia rutilus Stoll 1782

    The genus Amphelarctia
  • Amphelarctia priscilla Schaus 1911

    The genus Emurena
  • Emurena tripunctata Druce 1884

    The genus Cresera
  • Cresera ilus Cramer 1776

    The genus Castrica
  • Castrica phalaenoides Drury 1773

    The genus Melese
  • Melese laodamia Druce 1884
  • Melese asana Druce 1884
  • Melese incertus Walker 1855
  • Melese sp. indet. 1
  • Melese sp. indet. 2
  • Melese sp. indet. 3
  • Melese sp. indet. 4

    The genus Bertholdia
  • Bertholdia specularis (?) Herrich-Schaeffer 1853

    The genus Glaucostola
  • Glaucostola metaxantha Schaus 1905

    The genus Ammalo
  • Ammalo helops Cramer 1775

    The genus Opharus
  • Opharus consimilis Hampson 1901

    The genus Sychesia
  • Sychesia dryas Cramer 1775

    The genus Halysidota
  • Halysidota atra Druce 1884
  • Halysidota sp. indet. 1

    The genus Carales
  • Carales astur Cramer 1777

    The genera Lophocampa and Leucanopsis
  • Lophocampa/Leucanopsis sp. indet. 1
  • Lophocampa/Leucanopsis sp. indet. 2
  • Lophocampa/Leucanopsis sp. indet. 3
  • Lophocampa/Leucanopsis sp. indet. 4

    The genus Agaraea
  • Agaraea semivitrea Rothschild 1909

    The genus Pareuchaetes
  • Pareuchaetes insulata Walker 1855

    The genus Virbia
  • Virbia sp. indet. 1
  • Virbia sp. indet. 2

    The genus Hypercompe
  • Hypercompe caudata Walker 1855
  • Hypercompe sp. indet. 1
  • Hypercompe sp. indet. 2

    The genus Utetheisa
  • Utetheisa ornatrix Linnaeus 1758

    Unidentified genera
  • Genus & species indet. 1

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