Cave species

Douglas Yanega dyanega at
Sat Jul 18 14:58:19 EDT 1998

>  Does anyone know about a species of microlepidoptera that inhabits the
>darkness of caves? While exploring a cave in Middle Tennessee yesterday
>a small species came to my light while I was far back in the cave, away
>from the "twilight zone." 

There are several small noctuids one can find, but the most common true
cave micros seem to be Tineids. Not sure which ones you'd have there in
Tennessee, but we've got a few here in Brazil that can be abundant.

Dr. Douglas Yanega
Depto. de Biologia Geral
Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas
Univ. Federal de Minas Gerais
Cx. P. 486
30.161-970 Belo Horizonte, MG, BRAZIL

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