Mictopsichia hubneriana - Mictopsichia Moth (Stoll, 1787)
Lepidoptera: Apoditrysia: Tortricoidea: Tortricidae: Tortricinae: New Tribe 3
Date: 15th of July, 2018 at 10:01:21am
Location: Brazil, Ceará, Itambé, Caucaia (Lat: 3.7145720415566794, Long: 38.6436581611905, Accuracy in meters: 152.5655732164612)
Mictopsichia is a genus of moth in the order Lepidoptera, subdivision Apoditrysia, superfamily Tortricoidea, family Tortricidae, subfamily Tortricinae and in a new tribe with no known name to me in which only the genus Mictopsichia is in.
Some entities still place them under the subfamily Chlidanotinae as can be seen in the sources further down. This classification is wrong.
Found in a national reserve open to visitors with plenty of wild vegetations.
This moth seems to be rare and I'm not going to suggest an accurate overall wingspan because the adults possess great size variations, with up to 2 - 3mm in difference. The subject portrayed measured around 20mm in wingspan and I have no way to confirm this. Synonyms to this moth include Phalaena (Tortrix) hubneriana (Stoll, in Cramer, 1791) and Mictopsichia hubnerana (Hübner, ). So far, they are known to be distributed in Bolivia, Brazil, Panama (https://flic.kr/p/HDK9Hy) and Guyana. Type-species is Phalaena hubneriana (Stoll, 1787) and the current scientific name of this moth seems to be a tribute to Jacob Hübner.
I could find no more informations about this moth in the literature. The moth has short antennae with a clearly visible head and large compound eyes. The antennae are yellowish-orange. The entirety of the forewings and hindwings of the moth is iridescent, glimmering and colorful, presenting shades of yellow, orange, brown, red, black and, perhaps, blue. Patterns are complex and hard to describe.
Their distribution status in Brazil is: Recife, Pernambuco; Caseara, Tocantins; Ceará, Itambé, Caucaia. This distribution status is most likely lacking.
Recife, Pernambuco specimen: https://www.flickr.com/photos/douglashamelo/15435880311
Caseara, Tocantins specimen: http://borboletaskmariposas.blogspot.com/2014/08/mictopsichia-hubneriana-stoll-1787.html?spref=pi
The Ceará specimen is the subject portrayed.
I could also find these specimens in iNaturalist:
Chlidonatinae as subfamily, a wrong classification due to the informal source and the existence of more reliable sources available listing them under a new tribe in Tortricinae: https://nl.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mictopsichia_pentargyra
''Mictopsichia hubneriana'' is a species of moth of the family Tortricidae. It is found in Brazil, Bolivia and Guyana.