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Moths of the Amazon and Andes
Irene Bullseye
Pseudautomeris irene  CRAMER, 1780
Superfamily - BOMBYCOIDEA
Family - SATURNIIDAE
subfamily - HEMILEUCINAE
Tribe -
Pseudautomeris irene arminirene, Satipo, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
There are 16 species in the genus Pseudautomeris. The moths are very strongly reminiscent of the closely allied genus Automeris.
The forewings of most Pseudautomeris species are either greyish or reddish-brown, and resemble dead leaves. The hindwings according to species can be either greyish or rosy in ground colour and contain a large almost perfectly circular ocellus, and a reddish scalloped submarginal band.
Pseudautomeris irene is found in Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia. The illustrated subspecies arminirene is found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.
Habitats
This species is found in the rainforest / cloudforest transition zone at altitudes between 400-1200m.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

This is a nocturnal species. During the daytime the moth rests among dead leaves on the ground, where its cryptically patterned forewings provide it with excellent camouflage. If disturbed however the moth suddenly exposes its hindwings, revealing the huge startling ocelli. If further molested it then arches its abdomen, which takes on the appearance of a bird's beak, and rhythmically twitches its wings to draw attention to the ocelli.

 

 

 

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