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A Tale of Two Caterpillars and Reclassification of Cerathosia Smith and Cydosia Duncan [& Westwood] (Lepidoptera : Noctuidae)

  • David L. Wagner
  • Kevin L. Keegan
  • Berry B. Nall
  • Valerie G. Bugh
  • Jadranka Rota
Publishing year: 2019-03-01
Language: English
Pages: 1-4
Publication/Series: Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society
Volume: 73
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Lepidopterists' Society

Abstract english

The life histories of Cerathosia tricolor Smith and Cydosia aurivitta Grote & Robinson are briefly described and their larvae figured. Data from seven gene regions (>5,500 base pairs) as well as larval morphology suggest both moths are misclassified in Eustrotiinae and Cydosiinae, respectively: Cerathosia Smith is transferred to Stiriinae, Cydosia Duncan [& Westwood] is transferred to Metoponiinae, and Cydosiinae is reduced to a tribe within Metoponiinae.


  • Biological Systematics
  • Cooperia
  • Metaponpneumata rogenhoferi
  • rain lily
  • Spigelia


  • ISSN: 0024-0966
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