Immature stages, new host plant records and shelter structures of Troyus phyllides (Röber, 1925) and Thoon ponka Evans, 1955 in the Peruvian Amazon (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Hesperiinae: Hesperiini)

Nathan Duerr, Thalia Corahua-Espinoza, Quinlyn Baine, Rafael Tejeira, Rodrigo Ccahuana, María Mercedes Del Castillo Espinoza, Eric Perlett, Joselin Nidia Cervantes-Martínez, Alexandra Liza Santillana, Joseph See, Yulisa Sari Soto-Quispe, Halle Wood, Zunilda Escalante Arteaga, Geoffrey Gallice

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Abstract

We describe here for the first time the complete immature life cycles and shelter structures of two Neotropical skipper butterflies in the subtribe Moncina, Troyus phyllides (Röber, 1925) and Thoon ponka Evans 1955, along with new natural host plant records for these species at Finca Las Piedras, Madre de Dios, Peru. Four eggs and a preantepenultimate larva of T. phyllides, as well as three eggs of Thoon ponka were collected in nature and each passed through five larval instars to adulthood. Troyus phyllides fed on a herbaceous species, Lasiacis ligulata Hitchcock & Chase (Poaceae: Panicoideae: Paniceae), while T. ponka fed on two congeneric herbaceous bamboo species, Pariana lunata Nees and Pariana sp. (Poaceae: Bambusoideae: Olyreae). We present photos of all immature stages and host plants, as well as illustrations of the shelter structures and the head capsules for each of these two species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-390
Number of pages19
JournalZootaxa
Volume5200
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 31 Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Finca Las Piedras
  • life history
  • lowland rainforest
  • Madre de Dios
  • Moncina
  • natural history
  • Poaceae
  • skipper
  • terra firme

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