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1 July 2014 Larval cryptic coloration and mistletoe use in the metalmark butterfly Dachetola azora (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae)
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The last instar larva and pupa of the metalmark butterfly Dachetola azora (Godart) (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae) are described and illustrated for the first time. Mature larvae feed at night on leaves of the mistletoe Struthanthus sp. (Loranthaceae), remaining hidden during the day on the bark of the host plant stem, where pupation occurs. Morphological and behavioral traits here described are compared with those known for other putatively related genera in Riodinini.

New York Entomological Society
Lucas A. Kaminski, Luísa L. Mota, and André V. L. Freitas "Larval cryptic coloration and mistletoe use in the metalmark butterfly Dachetola azora (Lepidoptera: Riodinidae)," Entomologica Americana 120(1), (1 July 2014). https://doi.org/10.1664/13-RA-008R.1
Received: 9 March 2014; Accepted: 23 April 2014; Published: 1 July 2014
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