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Pachypodistes goeldii Hampson, 1905


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Pyraloidea family Pyralidae subfamily Chrysauginae genus Pachypodistes → species Pachypodistes goeldii

Species name(s)

Pachypodistes goeldii Hampson, 1905.

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Painting of red wine, a wingspan of about 44 mm in males and about 56 mm in females. The torso, legs and wings of a butterfly covered with very thick, sticking out in all directions golden-yellow bristles that reach up to 3 mm in length. Half an hour after hatching butterflies, bristles is almost here."Trying to grab the butterfly with their jaws, the ants grasp bristles; they break off, time to fly away butterfly and the ant will get "in memory" few bristles. Ie bristles butterfly guard at the beginning of her life when adults of P. goeldii is in the ant nest. [11]. Peter Khramov.


  • Brazil. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Paper pulp ant nest. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Larvae live in the nests of wood ants Dolichoderus gibossoanalis, constructed from paper pulp. Caterpillar builds Ogryzkov Case consists of, which is hidden. Because of the ever growing holes Case consists she may eventually stick his only head to chew pulp ant nest."Hidden inside the house and closed the entrance to it with his head, the caterpillar is completely safe." [11]. Peter Khramov.


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