MesosemiiniAndrew V. Z. Brower
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IntroductionA neotropical tribe, recently revised by Hall (2003). Larvae of Mesosemiina feed mainly on Rubiaceae, while those of Napaeina feed only on Bromeliaceae and Orchidaceae (Hall, 2005).
CharacteristicsAccording to Hall (2005), most Mesosemiina exhibit forewing "eyespots" near the apex of the discal cell, while the wing patterns of Napaeina are composed mostly of small spots or speckles (although some are evidently mimetic of ithomiine butterflies (Nymphalidae) or pericopine moths (Erebiidae: Arctiinae).
Discussion of Phylogenetic RelationshipsRelationships are based on the morphological cladistic analysis of Hall (2003).
Hall, J.P.W. 2003 Phylogenetic reassessment of the five forewing radial-veined tribes of Riodininae (Lepidoptera: Riodininae. The Royal Entomological Society 28, 23-37.
Hall, J.P.W. 2005. A phylogenetic revision of the Napaeina (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae: Mesosemiini). Entomological Society of Washington, Washington, D. C.
Lamas G ed. 2004. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.
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- First online 02 May 2007
- Content changed 17 January 2011
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Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2011. Mesosemiini http://tolweb.org/Mesosemiini/103508/2011.01.17 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Version 17 January 2011 (under construction).