Ituna currently viewed as a subjective junior synonym, Lycorella junior objective synonymAndrew V. Z. Brower
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The three species are neotropical. L. cleobaea and L. paisinuntia are Müllerian mimics of larger "tiger" patterned ithomiines (e. g. Melinaea spp.) and the silvaniform Heliconius species. L. ilione is a Müllerian mimic of large, clear-winged ithomiines Methona and Thyridia, and pericopine and castniid moths. Lycorea specimens may be easily distinguished from these by the shape of the hindwing discal cell, and (in males) by the presence of eversible abdominal hairpencils, which are used during courtship. Recorded larval host plant families include Asclepiadaceae, Caricaceae, Moraceae and Myoporaceae.
Lycorea ilione is sometimes placed in the genus Ituna Doubleday .
Ackery PR, and Vane-Wright RI. 1984. Milkweed butterflies. British Museum (Natural History), London.
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- First online 05 October 2006
- Content changed 22 May 2008
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Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2008. Lycorea currently viewed as a subjective junior synonym, Lycorella junior objective synonym. Version 22 May 2008 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Lycorea/70700/2008.05.22 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Ituna