Lycaenidae


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Lycaenidae

[lī′sēn·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
A family of heteroneuran lepidopteran insects in the superfamily Papilionoidea including blue, gossamer, hairstreak, copper, and metalmark butterflies.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Lycaenidae

 

a family of diurnal butterflies. Their wing-spread is 2 to 4 cm. In the male the wings are light blue, dark blue, green, or orange-red, sometimes with considerable glitter; the females’ wings are brown. Occasionally the wings are the same in both sexes. Underneath, the wings are grayish with rows of small eyelike spots. There are more than 2,500 species, of which up to 500 are found in the moderate latitudes of the northern hemisphere. Some 60 species are known in the European part of the USSR. The caterpillars feed on broad-leaved trees (Thecla), grassy Polygonaceae (Chrysophanus), or legumes (various Lycaenidae). In some species the caterpillars are carnivores, eating aphids and scale insects. Lycaenidae do not cause great damage to crops.

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La familia de mayor riqueza fue Nymphalidae con 37 especies y 18 generos; seguida de Hesperiidae con nueve especies, Lycaenidae con ocho especies y Pieridae con seis especies (Figura 4).
Genera and species of the neotropical "Elfin" like Hairstreak Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae, Theclinae) Reports of the Museum of Natural History, University of Winsconsin 22 1-135, 22 (2): 136-279.
Benyamini (1995) suggested that eventual locations of this hairstreak and other rarely collected Lycaenidae might be discovered through detection of certain frequently sympatric and more common indicator species, such as Pyrgus bocchoris trisignatus (Mabille, 1876) (Hesperiidae) and Teriocolias zelia andina Forbes, 1928 (Pieridae).
Druce, 1872) RIODINIDAE (S = 2; N = 4) riodininae (S = 2; N = 4) Melanis electron (Fabricius, 0 1 1 0 1793) Chrinea octauius (Fabricius, 0 1 0 0 1787) LYCAENIDAE (S = 2; N = 3) Theclinae (S = 2 ; N = 3) Arawacus dumenilli (Godart, 0 0 0 0 1824) Calycopis sesara (Godman & 0 0 0 0 Salvin, 1887) Numero de especies 17 21 15 12 Numero de Individuos 81 106 87 67 Indice de Pielou (J') 0.5706 0.6038 0.5247 0.5884 Numero de Hill (N1) 5.037 6.285 4.141 4.315 Numero de Hill (N2) 2.519 2.958 2.127 2.423 Temperatura ambiente 31.44 32.72 30.91 30.87 ([grados]C) Humedad relativa (%) 59.57 51.18 69.69 72.28 Precipitacion (mm) 0 0 0 1.59 Familia/Subfamilia/Especie Abr.
2003b) repartidas en cuatro familias, siendo Nymphalidae la de mayor diversidad (43.37%), Lycaenidae (42.32%), Pieridae (8.85%) y Papilionidae con el menor numero de especies (5.51%).
Aunque la lista es preliminar, corresponde al muestreo mas completo que se tienen de la entomofauna de los alrededores de Mitu, da una idea general de las especies y subespecies que en este lugar se encuentran, con 25 especies de Papilionidae, 16 especies de Pieridae, 22 especies y subespecies de Heliconiinae, una especie de (1) Danaini, 24 especies y subespecies de ithomiinae, 12 especies de morphinae, 12 especies de Brassolinae, 11 especies de Limenitidinae, 18 especies de Charaxinae, 50 especies de Nymphaloidea, 30 especies de Satyrinae, 74 especies de Riodinidae y 17 especies de Lycaenidae.
Entre los Lycaenidae se identifico a Polyommatinae (n = 44), y a Theclinae (n = 2), en Papilionidae y Riodinidae solo se determino una subfamilia.
Host-plant specialisation and habitat restriction in an endangered insect, Lycaena dispar batavus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) I.