Moths of the Amazon
Family - SATURNIIDAE
Pseudautomeris irene arminirene,
Satipo, Peru ©
There are 16 species in the genus
Pseudautomeris. The moths are very
strongly reminiscent of the closely allied genus
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.
This species is found in the rainforest / cloudforest transition
zone at altitudes between 400-1200m.
To be completed.
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.
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.