Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
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Glory Moths (Lepidoptera: Endromidae)

  • John B. Heppner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_1113
Glory moths, family Endromidae, are a monobasic family of four species, with Endromis (one sp.) from Europe, Dalailama (one sp.) from Tibet, and Mirina (two sp.) from Central Asia. There are two subfamilies: Endrominae and Mirininae. The family is in the superfamily Bombycoidea (series Saturniiformes), in the section Cossina, subsection Bombycina, of the division Ditrysia. Adults medium size (29–74 mm wingspan), with head vertex rough-scaled; haustellum absent (or vestigial); labial palpi short, dropping (2 to 3- segmented); maxillary palpi vestigial; antennae bipectinate; body robust with very long hair-like setae. Wings broadly rounded with somewhat acute apex; hindwings rounded. Maculation dark orange brown, with various white spots and darker striae, or lighter and spotted (Fig. 26). Adult males are diurnal but females are nocturnal. Larvae are leaf feeders. Host plants recorded in Betulaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Salicaceae, Tiliaceae, and Ulmaceae.
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Authors and Affiliations

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