PhintiaAndrew V. Z. Brower
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A small lowland Amazonian genus of two described species, one widespread in Amazonia and one known from southeastern Peru and Bolivia. Miller (2009) reports a third, undescribed species from Veracruz, Mexico. Adults are diurnal, but rare and difficult to collect. Life history of the genus is unknown.
Phintia spp. are the only josiines in which the males exhibit greatly elongated, elbowed labial palpi with a tuft of scales reaching the vertex of the head (a feature present, but independently derived in dioptines such as Erbessa). The head with the large labial palpus and wing venation are illustrated below.
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 10 September 2009
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Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2009. Phintia http://tolweb.org/Phintia/138587/2009.09.10 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/. Version 10 September 2009 (under construction).