A Tale of Two Caterpillars and Reclassification of Cerathosia Smith and Cydosia Duncan [& Westwood] (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)

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The life histories of Cerathosia tricolor Smith and Cydosia aurivitta Grote & Robinson are briefly described and their larvae figured. Data from seven gene regions (>5,500 base pairs) as well as larval morphology suggest both moths are misclassified in Eustrotiinae and Cydosiinae, respectively: Cerathosia Smith is transferred to Stiriinae, Cydosia Duncan [& Westwood] is transferred to Metoponiinae, and Cydosiinae is reduced to a tribe within Metoponiinae.


  • David L. Wagner
  • Kevin L. Keegan
  • Berry B. Nall
  • Valerie G. Bugh
  • Jadranka Rota
External organisations
  • University of Connecticut
  • No affiliation available (private)
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Biological Systematics


  • Cooperia, Metaponpneumata rogenhoferi, rain lily, Spigelia
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Lepidopterists' Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 1
Publication categoryResearch