Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
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Giant Hooktip Moths (Lepidoptera: Cyclidiidae)

  • John B. Heppner
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_1090
Giant hooktip moths, family Cyclidiidae, are a small family of 14 described species, all Oriental plus one species in the southern Palearctic. The family is in the superfamily Drepanoidea, in the section Cossina, subsection Bombycina, of the division Ditrysia. Adults medium to large size (56–85 mm wingspan), with head scaling normal; maxillary palpi small, 3-segmented; antennae serrate or filiform; body slender. Wings broad and triangular, with somewhat acute forewing apex; hindwings rounded (Fig. 20). Maculation mostly pale with gray striae or other markings; dark spot on hindwings in some species, otherwise similar to forewings. Adults are nocturnal. Larvae are leaf feeders. Host plants recorded so far only in Alangiaceae.
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Heppner
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  1. 1.Florida State Collection of ArthropodsGainesvilleUSA