MOTHS OF BELIZE
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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 Count Hervť de ToulgoŽt in Paris and Pat Haynes in London for their comments on some of my specimens (the many remaining errors are mine and not theirs!)

BELIZE SPECIES
110 morphospecies of this subfamily seem to have been collected in Belize so far, 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 genusParathyris
  • Parathyris cedonulli Stoll 1781 subspecies Griseata Rothschild 1935

    The genusRobinsonia
  • Robinsonia dewitzi Gundlach 1881
  • Robinsonia deiopeia Druce 1895
  • Robinsonia sabata Druce 1885

    The genus Idalus
  • Idalus crinis Druce 1884
  • Idalus dares Druce 1894
  • Idalus herois Schaus 1889
  • Idalus lineosus Walker 1869
  • Idalus vitrea Cramer 1780 subspecies borealis Rothschild 1909
  • Idalus intermedia Rothschild 1909
  • Idalus vitreoides Rothschild 1922
  • Idalus sp. indet. 1

    The genus Phaemolis
  • Phaemolis lineatus Druce 1884

    The genus Zatrephes
  • Zatrephes rosacea (?) Rothschild 1909
  • Zatrephes sp. indet. 1

    The genus Eupseudosoma
  • Eupseudosoma aberrans Schaus 1905

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

    The genus Lampruna
  • Lampruna rosea Schaus 1894

    The genus Amaxia
  • Amaxia lepida (?) Schaus 1912
  • Amaxia beata Dognin 1909
  • Amaxia osmophora Hampson 1901
  • Amaxia apyga (?) Hampson 1901

    The genus Epimolis
  • Epimolis creon Druce 1897

    The genus Scaptius
  • Scaptius submarginalis Rothschild 1909

    The genus Evius
  • Evius hippia Stoll 1790

    The genus Neonerita
  • Neonerita dorsipuncta Hampson 1901

    The genus Hyponerita
  • Hyponerita tipolis Druce 1896

    The genus Parevia
  • Parevia metachryseis Hampson 1905

    The genus Neritos
  • Neritos samos Druce 1896
  • Neritos flavoroseus Walker 1855
  • Neritos atta Schaus 1920
  • Neritos cotes Druce 1896
  • Neritos leucoplaga Hampson 1905

    The genus Rhipha
  • Rhipha chionoplaga Dognin 1913

    The genus Cratoplastis
  • Cratoplastis diluta Felder 1874

    The genus Lepidokirbyia
  • Lepidokirbyia vittipes Walker 1855

    The genus Ormetica
  • Ormetica ataenia Schaus 1910
  • Ormetica nabdalsa Schaus 1889
  • Ormetica abdalsan Schaus 1920
  • Ormetica sicilia Druce 1884
  • Ormetica taeniata Guerin-Meneville 1844
  • Ormetica pauperis Schaus 1910
  • Ormetica goloma(?) Schaus 1920

    The genus Selenarctia
  • Selenarctia elissoides Rothschild 1909

    The genus Viviennea
  • Viviennea salma Druce 1896
  • Viviennea ardesiaca Rothschild 1909

    The genus Pryteria
  • Pryteria costata Moschler 1883
  • Pryteria unifascia Druce 1899

    The genus Ordishia
  • Ordishia godmani Druce 1884

    The genus Amphelarctia
  • Amphelarctia priscilla Schaus 1911

    The genus Castrica
  • Castrica phalaenoides Drury 1773

    The genus Cissura
  • Cissura plumbea Hampson 1901

    The genus Melese
  • Melese laodamia Druce 1884
  • Melese asana Druce 1884
  • Melese sp. indet. 1
  • Melese incertus Walker 1855
  • Melese punctata (?)Rothschild 1909
  • Melese sp. nr. flavimaculata Dognin 1899
  • Melese sp. indet. 2

    The genus Bertholdia
  • Bertholdia albipuncta (?) Schaus 1896
  • Bertholdia specularis (?) Herrich-Schaeffer 1853
  • Bertholdia sp. indet.

    The genus Glaucostola
  • Glaucostola guttipalpis Walker 1856
  • Glaucostola metaxantha Schaus 1905

    The genus Hyperthaema
  • Hyperthaema sororita Schaus 1920

    The genus Pachydota
  • Pachydota albiceps Walker 1856

    The genus Carathis
  • Carathis byblis Schaus 1892

    The genus Thysanoprymna
  • Thysanoprymna superba Schaus 1889

    The genus Ammalo
  • Ammalo helops Cramer 1775

    The genus Sychesia
  • Sychesia dryas Cramer 1775

    The genus Elysius
  • Elysius superba Druce 1884

    The genus Opharus
  • Opharus gemma Schaus 1894
  • Opharus consimilis Hampson 1901
  • Opharus quadripunctata Schaus 1910

    The genus Munona
  • Munona sp. nov.

    The genus Halysidota
  • Halysidota interlineata Walker 1855
  • Halysidota orientalis Rothschild 1909
  • Halysidota atra Druce 1884

    The genus Baritius
  • Baritius sannionis Rothschild 1909

    The genus Tricypha
  • Tricypha imperialis Heylaerts 1884

    The genus Pelochyta
  • Pelochyta sp.
  • Pelochyta arontes

    Lophocampa and Leucanopsis
  • 9 x Lophocampa/Leucanopsis spp. indet.

    The genus Agaraea
  • Agaraea longicornis Herrich-Schaeffer 1855
  • Agaraea semivitrea Rothschild 1909

    The genus Pygarctia
  • Pygarctia roseicapitis Neumoegen & Dyar 1893

    The genus Pareuchaetes
  • Pareuchaetes insulata Walker 1855

    The genus Virbia
  • Virbia birchi(?) Druce 1911
  • Virbia rosenbergi(?) Rothschild 1910

    The genus Notarctia
  • Notarctia proxima Guerin-Meneville 1844

    The genus Hypercompe
  • Hypercompe caudata Walker 1855
  • Hypercompe perplexa Schaus 1911
  • Hypercompe leucarctioides Grote & Robinson 1867
  • Hypercompe sp. indet.
  • Hypercompe albescens Hampson 1901

    The genus Utetheisa
  • Utetheisa ornatrix Linnaeus 1758

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