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Moths of the Amazon and Andes

Boisduval's Horned Devil

Adeloneivaia boisduvalii  DOUMET, 1859
Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA
Family - SATURNIIDAE
subfamily - CERATOCAMPINAE
Tribe -
Adeloneivaia boisduvalii, Velo de la Novia, Peru Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The subfamily Ceratocampinae includes the genera Citheronia, Procitheronia, Citheronula, Eacles, Anisota, Dryocampa, Syssphinx and Adeloneivaia. The moths in these genera all have cryptic wing patterns that disguise them as dead leaves.
There are 19 known Adeloneivaia species, all confined to the neotropical region. They were formerly included in the genus Syssphinx. The latter is now reserved for those species that occur in Central and North America, whereas all Adeloneivaia species are South American.
Adeloneivaia boisduvalii is found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.
Habitats
This species is found in the upper Amazonian region and foothills of the eastern Andes at elevations between about 400-800m.
Lifecycle
I have no data on boisduvalii but the larvae of related species are bright green with red and yellow lateral stripes, and are mottled with mother-of-pearl markings. They have 4 long horn-like tubercles on the thorax, and are popularly known as "horned devils". The foodplants are trees and shrubs in the family Fabaceae. The pupae are hairy and are formed underground without cocoons.
Adult behaviour

During the daytime the adults rest on the ground, or suspended from twigs, and adopt a posture as depicted in the photograph above.

 

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