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Species Lymire edwardsii - Edwards' Wasp Moth - Hodges#8270

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe Euchromiina
Genus Lymire
Species edwardsii (Edwards' Wasp Moth - Hodges#8270)
Hodges Number
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.
Wingspan about 30-40 mm.
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
Life cycle images:
larva; larva; larva making cocoon; cocoon with pupa; cocoon; adult
Print References
Grote, A.R. 1881. Description of four new species of moths. Papilio 1(1): 4