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Habershonia areos - Fruit-Piercing Moth (Cramer, 1777) Lepidoptera: Bombycina: Noctuoidea: Erebidae: Calpinae: Calpini<br />
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Wingspan: ~5cm<br />
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Date: 9th of May, 2017 at 09:28:12am.<br />
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Habershonia areos is an uncommon moth with no listed subspecies. They belong in the order Lepidoptera, suborder Heterocera, superfamily Noctuoidea, family Erebidae, subfamily Calpinae and tribe Calpini.<br />
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The costal apex throughout the postdiscal areas of the forewings are brownish, proceeding to strongly darken in the discal and basal areas. When the darkening starts, a thin lighter area can be found between the first darkened band and the rest of the darkened discal and basal areas. Just before the darkening, there is a suture-like irregular lining going all the way from the costal margin to the inner margin of the forewings and spreading down to hindwings in fitting display. Different shades of brown or rusty-yellow can be found occasionally on the forewings. Thorax is dark-colored; the darkness stretches down to the abdomen dorsally. The antennae were positioned like a more open &quot;U&quot; as can be seen but are more commonly seen bending backwards. The eyes are large and compound.<br />
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The basal part of the hindwings are dark, spreading partially through the costal margin&#039;s discal area. The postdiscal and submarginal parts of the outer margin of the hindwings display, respectively, a blueish patch that stretches partially through the forewings with a thin black band above it on the hindwings, and a wine-colored dark patch interrupted by suture-like linings. Just below the blueish patch and the wine-colored dark patch there is a thin brownish band that spreads and visually connects with all wings. The outer margin of the hindwings are wavy.<br />
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The head is dark colored, but seems to be less intense than the thorax. The palps are strongly present. The legs are, more or less, brownish.<br />
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I do not know the morphology of the mouthparts or the underside, nor the anatomy of Habershonia areos. All morphological informations provided are subject to changes in patterns in older or younger individuals and were described as seen in the picture.<br />
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&quot;The status of the former composition of the Calpinae was somewhat disputed; it was sometimes merged into the Catocalinae. Most of the Calpine genera were not further classified. The phylogenetic structure of this group was essentially unresolved, and in many cases it was even doubtful whether the genera were indeed correctly placed in this subfamily.<br />
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The Calpinae are a subfamily of moths in the family Erebidae. This subfamily includes many species of moths that have a pointed and barbed proboscis adapted to piercing the skins of fruit to feed on juice and, in the case of the several Calyptra species of vampire moths, to piercing the skins of mammals to feed on blood. The subfamily contains some large moths with wingspans longer than 5 cm (2 in).&quot; - <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calpinae" rel="nofollow">https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calpinae</a><br />
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The feeding habits of the larvae and the adults of Habershonia areos are unknown to me, but its suggestive that they pierce fruits to feed; I do not know what fruits and this information requires confirmation. Habitats are also unknown as is the egg-adult process. Found in a suburban habitat during nocturnal hours in Brazil, Santa Catarina.<br />
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According to this, they can also be found in Costa Rica: <a href="http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Habershonia+areos" rel="nofollow">http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Habershonia+areos</a><br />
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<a href="http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Habershonia+areos" rel="nofollow">http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Habershonia+areos</a> (classification outdated)<br />
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<a href="https://www.inaturalist.nz/taxa/122490-Calpinae" rel="nofollow">https://www.inaturalist.nz/taxa/122490-Calpinae</a><br />
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<a href="https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/551863-Habershonia-areos" rel="nofollow">https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/551863-Habershonia-areos</a> Animalia,Brazil,Calpinae,Calpini,Geotagged,Habershonia,Habershonia areos,Insecta,Insets,Lepidoptera,Moth Week 2018,Noctuoidea,South America,animal,animals,erebidae,heterocera,insect Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Habershonia areos - Fruit-Piercing Moth (Cramer, 1777)

Lepidoptera: Bombycina: Noctuoidea: Erebidae: Calpinae: Calpini

Wingspan: ~5cm

Date: 9th of May, 2017 at 09:28:12am.

Habershonia areos is an uncommon moth with no listed subspecies. They belong in the order Lepidoptera, suborder Heterocera, superfamily Noctuoidea, family Erebidae, subfamily Calpinae and tribe Calpini.

The costal apex throughout the postdiscal areas of the forewings are brownish, proceeding to strongly darken in the discal and basal areas. When the darkening starts, a thin lighter area can be found between the first darkened band and the rest of the darkened discal and basal areas. Just before the darkening, there is a suture-like irregular lining going all the way from the costal margin to the inner margin of the forewings and spreading down to hindwings in fitting display. Different shades of brown or rusty-yellow can be found occasionally on the forewings. Thorax is dark-colored; the darkness stretches down to the abdomen dorsally. The antennae were positioned like a more open "U" as can be seen but are more commonly seen bending backwards. The eyes are large and compound.

The basal part of the hindwings are dark, spreading partially through the costal margin's discal area. The postdiscal and submarginal parts of the outer margin of the hindwings display, respectively, a blueish patch that stretches partially through the forewings with a thin black band above it on the hindwings, and a wine-colored dark patch interrupted by suture-like linings. Just below the blueish patch and the wine-colored dark patch there is a thin brownish band that spreads and visually connects with all wings. The outer margin of the hindwings are wavy.

The head is dark colored, but seems to be less intense than the thorax. The palps are strongly present. The legs are, more or less, brownish.

I do not know the morphology of the mouthparts or the underside, nor the anatomy of Habershonia areos. All morphological informations provided are subject to changes in patterns in older or younger individuals and were described as seen in the picture.

"The status of the former composition of the Calpinae was somewhat disputed; it was sometimes merged into the Catocalinae. Most of the Calpine genera were not further classified. The phylogenetic structure of this group was essentially unresolved, and in many cases it was even doubtful whether the genera were indeed correctly placed in this subfamily.

The Calpinae are a subfamily of moths in the family Erebidae. This subfamily includes many species of moths that have a pointed and barbed proboscis adapted to piercing the skins of fruit to feed on juice and, in the case of the several Calyptra species of vampire moths, to piercing the skins of mammals to feed on blood. The subfamily contains some large moths with wingspans longer than 5 cm (2 in)." - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calpinae

The feeding habits of the larvae and the adults of Habershonia areos are unknown to me, but its suggestive that they pierce fruits to feed; I do not know what fruits and this information requires confirmation. Habitats are also unknown as is the egg-adult process. Found in a suburban habitat during nocturnal hours in Brazil, Santa Catarina.

According to this, they can also be found in Costa Rica: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Habershonia+areos

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Habershonia+areos (classification outdated)

https://www.inaturalist.nz/taxa/122490-Calpinae

https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/551863-Habershonia-areos

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Habershonia areos is an uncommon moth with no listed subspecies. They belong in the order Lepidoptera, suborder Heterocera, superfamily Noctuoidea, family Erebidae, subfamily Calpinae and tribe Calpini.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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Uploaded Jul 22, 2018. Captured in R. Jorge Lacerda, 64, Benedito Novo - SC, 89124-000, Brazil.