Scea bellona described in Tuina, a genus of lithosiine Arctiidae.James S. Miller and Andrew V. Z. Brower
IntroductionA relatively large species restricted to the Peruvian Andes from 2500-4000 m. Scea bellona and its sister taxon S. necyria (along with two further undescribed taxa noted by Miller, 2009) are unusual among josiines in exhibiting mainly iridescent bluish black wings with small red dashes (most josiines display orange or yellow bands). This color pattern suggests a potential Müllerian mimicry complex with noxious upper elevation acraeine nymphalids such as Altinote ozomene (below).
Altinote ozomene. © 2004 Kim Garwood
CharacteristicsScea bellona is larger and exhibits more extensive red markings than its sister taxon S. necyria.
NomenclatureAs noted, Scea bellona was originally described in Tuina, a genus of lithosiine Arctiidae. Once its identity as a dioptine was recognized, this species and Scea necyria were placed in the genus Cyanotricha Prout, 1918, which is viewed by Miller (2009) as a subjective junior synonym of Scea Walker, 1854.
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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