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A T. leucocerae caterpillar parasitized by Glyptapanteles pupae defends against Supputius cincticeps
Scientific classification

Möschler, 1890

Thyrinteina is a genus of moths in the family Geometridae first described by Möschler in 1890. [1] Thyrinteina leucocerae caterpillars are parasitized by Glyptapanteles parasitic wasps which inject their eggs into the caterpillar. When wasp larvae are fully grown they exit the caterpillar and pupate nearby. The caterpillar then covers them in silk and will defend the pupating wasps with violent head swings. [2]

Moth Group of mostly-nocturnal insects in the order Lepidoptera

Moths comprise a group of insects related to butterflies, belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Most lepidopterans are moths, and there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which have yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species.

A species description is a formal description of a newly discovered species, usually in the form of a scientific paper. Its purpose is to give a clear description of a new species of organism and explain how it differs from species which have been described previously or are related. The species description often contains photographs or other illustrations of the type material and states in which museums it has been deposited. The publication in which the species is described gives the new species a formal scientific name. Some 1.9 million species have been identified and described, out of some 8.7 million that may actually exist. Millions more have become extinct.

<i>Glyptapanteles</i> genus of insects

Glyptapanteles is a genus of endoparasitoid wasps found in Central and North America and New Zealand. The larvae of the members of Glyptapanteles sp. are distinguished by their ability to manipulate their hosts into serving as bodyguards.


Thyrinteina arnobia is a species of geometrid moth in the family Geometridae. It is found in Central America, North America, and South America.

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Geometer moth family of insects

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Arctiinae (moth) subfamily of insects (in the wide sense, the former family Arctiidae)

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Winter moth Species of moth

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Codling moth species of insect

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  1. Savela, Markku. "Thyrinteina Möschler, 1890". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  2. Grosman, Amir H.; Janssen, Arne; de Brito, Elaine F.; Cordeiro, Eduardo G.; Colares, Felipe; Fonseca, Juliana Oliveira; Lima, Eraldo R.; Pallini, Angelo; Sabelis, Maurice W. (June 4, 2008). "Parasitoid Increases Survival of Its Pupae by Inducing Hosts to Fight Predators". PLOS ONE. 3 (6): e2276. Bibcode:2008PLoSO...3.2276G. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002276. PMC   2386968 . PMID   18523578.