Psyche: A Journal of Entomology

Psyche: A Journal of Entomology / 1972 / Article

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Volume 79 |Article ID 013681 |

Allen M. Young, "On the Life Cycle and Natural History of Hymenitis Nero (Lepidoptera: Ithomiinae) in Costa Rica", Psyche: A Journal of Entomology, vol. 79, Article ID 013681, 11 pages, 1972.

On the Life Cycle and Natural History of Hymenitis Nero (Lepidoptera: Ithomiinae) in Costa Rica

Received05 Oct 1972


A knowledge of life cycle and natural history are often important prerequisites to studies of population biology in butterflies. Although studies on the systematics and broad distribution patterns of that familiar New World Tropical group, the Ithomiinae, have been conducted (Seitz, 194; Fox, 1956; Fox, 1968), a lot remains to be known about the biology of many species in Central America. This is surprising in light of the considerable interest in these butterflies as members of mimicry complexes. In this spirit, this paper summarizes life cycle and natural history data on a clear wing ithoreiine Hymenitis nero (Hewitson) (Nymphalidae: Ithomiinae) in Costa Rica. Similar studies of several other sympatric ithomiines have either been completed (Young, in prep.) or begun, as a preliminary step towards understanding the local patterns of diversity of this family in selected tropical plant communities.

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