The Skipper Butterflies (Hesperiidae) of Trinidad. Part 20. Hesperiinae, Moncini: the Remaining Genera of Mostly Unmarked Brown Species: Eutocus, Eprius, Mnasicles, Methionopsis, Sodalia, Thargella, Nastra, Mnasilus, Mnasitheus and Papias

Matthew J.W. Cock

Abstract


Trinidad and Tobago skipper butterflies (Hesperiidae) of the tribe Moncini (genera Eutocus, Eprius, Mnasicles, Methionopsis, Sodalia, Thargella, Nastra, Mnasilus, Mnasitheus and Papias) are treated and the adults illustrated. Details are given of the taxonomy, history, identification and biology of the 10-11 Trinidad species in these genera. Thargella caura caura (Plötz) is recorded from Tobago for the first time, while Eprius veleda veleda (Godman) is shown to have been misidentified from Tobago. The caterpillar of Methionopsis ina (Plötz) and life history of Papias phaeomelas (Hübner) are described and illustrated.

Key words (not in title): Trinidad and Tobago, Tobago, life history, food plant, parasitism.


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