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Mesosemiini Bates 1859

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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taxon links [up-->]Semomesia [up-->]Ionotus [up-->]Hermathena [up-->]Voltinia [up-->]Mesophthalma [up-->]Mesosemia [up-->]Napaea [up-->]Perophthalma [up-->]Hyphilaria [up-->]Leucochimona [up-->]Eunogyra [up-->]Ithomiola [up-->]Teratophthalma [down<--]Riodinidae Interpreting the tree
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Containing group: Riodinidae


A neotropical tribe, recently revised by Hall (2003). Larvae of Mesosemiina feed mainly on Rubiaceae, while those of Napaeina feed only on Bromeliaceae and Orchidaceae (Hall, 2005).


According to Hall (2005), most Mesosemiina exhibit forewing "eyespots" near the apex of the discal cell, while the wing patterns of Napaeina are composed mostly of small spots or speckles (although some are evidently mimetic of ithomiine butterflies (Nymphalidae) or pericopine moths (Erebiidae: Arctiinae).

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Relationships are based on the morphological cladistic analysis of Hall (2003).


Hall, J.P.W. 2003 Phylogenetic reassessment of the five forewing radial-veined tribes of Riodininae (Lepidoptera: Riodininae. The Royal Entomological Society 28, 23-37.

Hall, J.P.W. 2005. A phylogenetic revision of the Napaeina (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae: Mesosemiini). Entomological Society of Washington, Washington, D. C.

Lamas G ed. 2004. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.

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Scientific Name Voltinia umbra
Location Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Lee Ellington
Life Cycle Stage adults
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Source Quilted Metalmark
Source Collection Neotropical Butterflies
Copyright © 2003 Lee Ellington
Scientific Name Semomesia croesus
Location Maues, Amazonas, Brazil
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Bret Whitney
Behavior perching on leaf
Life Cycle Stage adult
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Source Croesus Eyemark
Source Collection Neotropical Butterflies
Copyright © 2002 Bret Whitney
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Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

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Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2011. Mesosemiini Bates 1859. Version 17 January 2011 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Mesosemiini/103508/2011.01.17 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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