Other Common Names
Rubber Tree Caterpillar Moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lymire edwardsii (Grote, 1881)
Scepsis edwardsii Grote, 1881
* phylogenetic sequence #930443
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet edwardsii
in honor of Henry Edwards
, who collected the first specimens.
Adult - wings and thorax are bluish gray. The abdomen is blue dorsally and white ventrally. The prothorax and head are orange-yellow ventrally. Dorsally and laterally the posterior portion of the head and anterior margin of the prothorax are orange-yellow. The antennae are pectinate.
As far as known, the caterpillars feed only on various species of Ficus plants.
Life cycle images:
larva; larva; larva making cocoon; cocoon with pupa; cocoon; adult
Grote, A.R. 1881. Description of four new species of moths. Papilio 1(1): 4