Neotropical Butterflies

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 Post subject: Barbicornis basilis
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:44 pm 
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Here we have the Riodinidae 'Barbicornis basilis'. This species resembles the day flying geometrid moth, Melanchroia cephise, but with tails. This species has different forms that are classed as subspecies. My question is: These 3 specimens were found in the same forest patch. The white tipped would be ssp. acroleuca, the black specimen ssp. mona and the white/yellow tipped specimen i have no clue. Does anyone have any information on this genus?? To me it must just be different forms.

Thank you for your time.


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 Post subject: Re: Barbicornis basilis
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:16 am 
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Wow, great pictures! They do look very much like a moth. Where were these taken? In Bahia, Brazil? Could you please send me your uncropped jpg's for my files? I've never seen this species, and don't have any decent photos of it. I don't know the answer to your question, but they must just be variations of the same subspecies, if you found them all flying together.
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 Post subject: Re: Barbicornis basilis
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:22 am 
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Sorry, just realized you had posted these photos under Paraguay, and you had told me you're doing a survey in that country.
Thanks for posting,
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 Post subject: Re: Barbicornis basilis
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:10 am 
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Hi Kim,

Thank you for your reply. I thought at first that it was a moth species, but after some searching, found other images saying it was Barbicornis basilis. I agree that they are just variations of this subspecies. I will email the pictures to you soon.

Thank you again
JP


 
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