Butterfly with no mouth? Lifespan of 3 hours?? can anyone help?
snylin at zoologi.su.se
Tue Nov 17 03:27:07 EST 1998
At 12:38 16/11/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I wonder whether Michelle might be thinking of a moth ... aren't there
>silkmoths that only live a short time, and never feed (as adults)?
>As children, of course, they are voracious.
>Big showy moths count as butterflies, you'll recall, in the folk memory.
>(and brown little boring butterflies count as moths. Except in the
>British Isles. Verbum sap.)
>> >Hi- I was wondering if someone out there could help me out... I seem to
>> >recall learning about a butterfly that was born
>> > with no mouth and only lived for a few hours... Can anyone tell me
>> >spiecies it is, and/or where to find this type of
>> > information?
>> > Thanks in advance...
>> > Machelle
>> I know of no such species, it is a fabrication most likely.
You could be thinking of the pierid butterfly Eucheria socialis in Mexico.
Adults do not feed and have a very short lifespan, according to:
Underwood DLA (1994) Intraspecific Variability in Host Plant Quality and
Ovipositional Preferences in Eucheira socialis (Lepidoptera, Pieridae).
Ecological Entomology, 19: 245-256.
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