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Scea necyria (Felder & Rogenhofer 1875)

James S. Miller and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Scea

Introduction

Unlike most of its congeners, Scea necyria is widespread throughout the Amazonian slopes of the Andes from Colombia to Peru. The atypical wing pattern (shared with S. bellona) resulted in its being described in a separate genus (see nomenclature, below) which Miller (2009) has synonymized. Larvae feed on Passiflora species, and the moth was introduced to Hawai'i in an unsuccessful effort to exert biological control over P. mollissima (Markin et al., 1989).

Characteristics

The iridescent blue-black wings with red basal dashes on the forewings are unique among Josiini, aside from its larger sister species, N. bellona. Miller (2009) notes two additional undescribed species from Peru that belong in this clade.

Nomenclature

S. necyria was originally described in the genus Sangala (Geometridae), and subsequently associated with Dioptinae by Prout (1918), who erected the genus Cyanotricha, for this species and "Tuina" bellona Druce (Tuina is a genus af Arctiidae). Miller's (2009) phylogenetic analysis revealed Cyanotricha to be embedded within a paraphyletic Scea, and so elected to synonymize the former.

Other Names for Scea necyria (Felder & Rogenhofer 1875)

References

Markin, GP, RF Nagata and G Taniguchi. 1989. Biology and behavior of the South American moth Cyanotricha necyria (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae), a potential biocontrol agent in Hawaii of the forest weed Passiflora mollissima (HBK) Bailey. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 29, 115-123.

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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Scientific Name Scea necyria
Location Ecuador: Loja, 17 km w. Loja on old Catamayo-Loja Rd., 0359.9'S, 7915.7'W, 2675 m.
Reference Miller JS. 2009. Generic revision of the Dioptinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuoidea: Notodontidae). Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 321, 1-971 + 48 plates. (Plate 34)
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By James S. Miller
Sex Male
Life Cycle Stage adult
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Collection AMNH
Collector J. S. Miller, E. Tapia & S. Rab Green
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