ErbessaJames S. Miller and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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IntroductionA large neotropical genus with a diverse array of aposematic/mimetic wing patterns. Most species occur in lowland Amazonia, with a few extending into Central America. Larvae are primarily associated with Melastomataceae.
CharacteristicsMiller (2009) diagnoses the genus with the following features: Elongated labial palpi (especially in males); antennae long and threadlike; metathoracic tympanum small with a deep cavity; male abdomen elongate, female abdomen stout. Wing venation: FW vain RS1 arising from DC (except in D. prolifera, in which it arises from RS); FW M3 and CuA1 separate; HW M3 and CuA1 usually stalked.
Discussion of Phylogenetic RelationshipsThe partially-resolved tree shown here is based upon discussion of potential related groups in the species accounts of Miller (2009). No phylogenetic analysis has been performed, and hypotheses should be considered very preliminary.
Miller, JS. 2009. Generic revision of the Dioptinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Notodontidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 321, 1-971 + 48 plates.
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- First online 21 July 2010
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Miller, James S. and Andrew V. Z. Brower. 2010. Erbessa http://tolweb.org/Erbessa/138600/2010.07.21 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Version 21 July 2010 (under construction).