Lucilla invalid junior homonym of Lucilla Gimmerthal, 1842 (Diptera)Andrew V. Z. Brower
- Lucillella asterra
- Lucillella camissa
- Lucillella pomposa
- Lucillella suberra
- Lucillella splendida
- Lucillella arcoirisa
- Lucillella aphrodita
IntroductionA small genus of aposematically-colored, black butterflies with red or orange transverse forewing bands. This rare (or infrequently observed) genus is distributed in mid-elevation rainforest on the eastern slopes of the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Hall and Willmott (2010) suggest that L. suberra may belong in a separate genus, based on its divergent wing pattern and morphology. Hall and Wilmott hypothesize that species of Lucillella may be a Batesian mimic of Hades hecamede (Euselasiinae). Various Actinote spp., Arctiidae, Geometridae and Dioptinae are also potential candidates for this mimicry complex.
Most species of this genus were originally described in Lucilla Hewitson 1870, which was subsequently discovered to be a junior homonym.
Hall, J.P.W.,Willmott, K.R. 2010. Description of a new Lucillella species (Riodinidae: Symachiini) discovered in the eastern Andes of Ecuador using the single rope canopy access technique. J. Lep. Soc. 64: 139-146.
Lamas G ed. 2004. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.
Rodriguez, G., Salazar Escobar, J.A.,Constantino, L.M. 2011. Description of new species and new records of riodinids (Lepidoptera, Riodinidae) from Colombia. Boletin Cientifico del Centro de Museos - Museo de Historia Natural, Caldas 14, 215-237.
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