Automeris metzli Sallé (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) in Trinidad, West Indies

Matthew J.W. Cock

Abstract


The saturniid moth recorded from Trinidad as Automeris janus (Cramer) is shown to have been misidentified, and all supposed specimens checked are actually A. metzli Sallé. Trinidad food plant records from Erythrina and coconut for A. janus should therefore be associated with A. metzli instead. The caterpillar is described and illustrated, and com- pared with published illustrations.

Key words: Automeris janus, Automeris metzli, Belvosia formosa, Erythrina sp., coconut, Trinidad, Tobago.


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