Hypercompe obscura Dognin


 Family: Erebidae

Subfamily: Arctiinae

Tribe: Arctiini

Subtribe: Arctiina

Host plants:

  • Barnadesia parviflora (Asteracea)
  • Adenostemma harlingii (Asteraceae)
  • Browallia speciosa (Solanaceae)
  • Solanum sp. (Solanaceae)





Collection site: Various, Napo Province

Male (dorsal view)


Male (ventral view)

Photos & Determinations of adults: Suzanne Rab Green
Photos of immatures: CAPEA collections




Caterpillar common name:

"Negro espin"
"Puerco espin café"
"Arctiid café tres linias blancas brochas amarillas"


Caterpillar behavior & description:

 The larvae of this species are solitary feeders


Rearing results and development time:



Host plants:



  • Barnadesia parviflora (Asteracea)
  • Adenostemma harlingii (Asteraceae)
  • Browallia speciosa (Solanaceae)
  • Solanum sp. (Solanaceae)







Collection sites:

Caterpillars were collected inside primary forests, partially reforested pastures and next to roads along an altitudinal transect from 400m (Tena) to 3500m (Papallacta) in the vicinity of the Yanayacu Biological Station and Center for Creative Studies (YBS: S 00° 35.9' W 77° 53.4': 2100 m), 5km west of Cosanga, Napo province of eastern Ecuador.  


Voucher locations & numbers:

@ American Museum of Natural History : 35202, 35661, 38677, 39487, 39610,
@ University of Nevada Reno (UNR): n.a.


Adult identification status:


Compared with male Lectotype No.11122 U.S.N.M. Turuptiana obscura Schaus type. Lectotype male Turuptiana obscura Schaus by A. Watson, 1967. Genitalia slide AW490.
Specimens dissected by S. Rab Green:
Reared male # 35661 located @ , genitalia slide SRG #190
Collected (YY) male located @ , genitalia slide SRG #143


Original description of adult:

Schaus, W. 1901. Descriptions of some new species of Heterocera. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 7(7): 268.


Type locality:

Peru: Described from an unspecified number of specimens from Peru. Five examples in the USNM collection from Peru may represent paralectotypes. No details about exact location.


Known distribution range: