Scea superba described in ThirmidaJames S. Miller and Andrew V. Z. Brower
IntroductionA beautiful Scea species from the Andes of eastern Ecuador. Larvae are commonly encountered on Passiflora manicata.
CharacteristicsScea superba is the only member of the genus to exhibit strong blue-black iridescence on its wings and abdomen. It is also distinct in the limitation of black scaling to the forewing radial and cubital veins. The morphology of the species is discussed in Miller (1996).
Miller, JS. 1996. Phylogeny of the Neotropical moth tribe Josiini (Notodontidae: Dioptinae): a hidden case of Müllerian mimicry. Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 118, 1-45.
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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