Trosia nigropunctigera

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Trosia nigropunctigera
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Mount Totumas cloud forest, Panama
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Megalopygidae
Genus: Trosia
T. nigropunctigera
Binomial name
Trosia nigropunctigera
D. S. Fletcher, 1982

Trosia nigropunctigera, commonly known as the rosy ermine moth, is a lepidopteran in the family Megalopygidae native to the Neotropics. These moths are distributed across Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador and Peru. [1] The species was first described by David Stephen Fletcher in 1982. [2]



The thorax of Trosia nigropunctigera is densely clad with short hairs and is white or straw-coloured with six distinct red spots. The forewings are white or pale straw colour with a single row of black spots running across parallel with the rear margin. The head, abdomen, legs, and forewings are pink or red. [3]

Distribution and habitat

Trosia nigropunctigera is native to the rainforests and cloudforests of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador and Peru. It is found at altitudes of between about 400 and 1,200 m (1,300 and 3,900 ft). [3]

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  2. Lacmellea aculeata(Ducke) Monach - Peru, NW Brazil, the Guianas
  3. Lacmellea arborescens(Müll.Arg.) Markgr. - Brazil, Bolivia
  4. Lacmellea bahiensisJ.F.Morales - Bahia
  5. Lacmellea costanensisSteyerm. - N Venezuela
  6. Lacmellea densifoliata(Ducke) Markgr. - Pará
  7. Lacmellea edulisH.Karst. - Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil
  8. Lacmellea floribunda(Poepp.) Benth. & Hook.f. - Peru, NW Brazil, Suriname, French Guiana
  9. Lacmellea foxii(Stapf) Markgr. - Peru
  10. Lacmellea gracilis(Müll.Arg.) Markgr. - N Peru, NW Brazil
  11. Lacmellea guyanensis(Müll.Arg.) Monach - French Guiana
  12. Lacmellea klugiiMonach. - Peru
  13. Lacmellea macranthaJ.F.Morales - Ecuador
  14. Lacmellea microcarpa(Müll.Arg.) Markgr. - Colombia, S Venezuela, NW Brazil
  15. Lacmellea oblongataMarkgr. - SE Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
  16. Lacmellea panamensis(Woodson) Markgr. - Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador
  17. Lacmellea pauciflora(Kuhlm.) Markgr. - Brazil
  18. Lacmellea peruviana(Van Heurck & Müll.Arg.) Markgr. - Peru
  19. Lacmellea pygmaeaMonach. - Amazonas State in Venezuela
  20. Lacmellea ramosissima(Müll.Arg.) Markgr. - Colombia, S Venezuela, NW Brazil
  21. Lacmellea speciosaWoodson - Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
  22. Lacmellea standleyi(Woodson) Monach. - Belize, Guatemala, Honduras
  23. Lacmellea utilis(Arn.) Markgr. - S Venezuela, Guyana
  24. Lacmellea zamoraeJ.F.Morales - Costa Rica
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  1. "BOLD Systems: Taxonomy Browser - Trosia nigropunctigera {species}". Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  2. Beccaloni, G.; Scoble, M.; Kitching, I.; Simonsen, T.; Robinson, G.; Pitkin, B.; Hine, A.; Lyal, C., eds. (2003). "Trosia nigropunctigera". The Global Lepidoptera Names Index . Natural History Museum . Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  3. 1 2 "Moths of the Andes - Trosia nigropunctigera". Retrieved 2020-02-12.