DioptinaeJames S. Miller and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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The Dioptinae are an almost exclusively neotropical group of day-flying moths, many of which exhibit bright wing coloration and are involved in mimicry rings with butterflies (especially Ithomiini), sterrhine Geometridae and various arctiids. The two specimens illustrated above are representatives of the type species of Dioptis and Josia, the type genera of the two tribes indicated here.
Although numerous authors have described individual species of Dioptinae, the list of works cited below includes historical and modern efforts to revise the entire group. The classification presented here and in subordinate branches is based on the most recent of these (Miller, 2009).
Bryk, F. 1930. Dioptidae. In: E. Strand (ed.) Lepidopterorum Catalogus 42: 1-65. Berlin, W. Junk.
Hering, EM. 1925. Dioptidae. In: A. Seitz (ed.) Macrolepidoptera of the World. 6:501-534. Stuttgart, Alfred Kernen.
Miller, JS. 2009. Generic revision of the Dioptinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Notodontidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 321, 1-971 + 48 plates.
Prout, LB. 1918. A provisional arrangement of the Dioptidae. Novitates Zoologicae 25: 395-429.
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