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Ephestris

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Kingdom  Animalia
Superfamily  Noctuoidea
Species  E. melaxantha
Rank  Genus
Class  Insecta
Family  Erebidae
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Butterflies and moths
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Ephestris is a genus of tiger moths in the Erebidae family. It contains the single species Ephestris melaxantha.

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Etymology

The species name melaxantha derives from the Greek μελανός meaning "black" and "xanthus", meaning "golden-haired" or "yellow", with reference to the striking coloration of the wings, probably a warning to predators.

Description

Ephestris melaxantha has a wingspan of about 70 millimetres (2.8 in). Despite being a moth, it has diurnal behaviour.

Distribution

This species is native to Brazil and the tropical regions of South America.

References

Ephestris Wikipedia


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