Phaeo cephalena Druce


 Family: Erebidae

Subfamily: Arctiinae

Tribe: Arctiini

Subtribe: Euchromiina

Host plants:

  • Mikania micrantha (Asteraceae)



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:

"Limonada de Mosca"


Caterpillar behavior & description:

 The larvae of this species are solitary feeders


Rearing results and development time:



Host plants:

  • Mikania micrantha (Asteraceae)







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 : 35151, 35203, 44489, 45559
@ University of Nevada Reno (UNR): n.a.


Adult identification status:


Compared with type collection @BMNH & USNM, collections @
Specimens dissected by S. Rab Green:
Reared male # 35151 located @ , genitalia slide SRG #127


Original description of adult:

Druce, H. 1883. Descriptions of new species of Zygaenidae and Arctiidae.
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1883: 372.


Type locality:

Colombia: Antioqua.
Ecuador: Sarayacu.


Known distribution range: