Encyclopedia of Entomology

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Swallowtail Moths (Lepidoptera: Uraniidae)

  • John B. Heppner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_4487
Swallowtail moths, family Uraniidae, comprise about 120 species from all tropical regions, mostly Indo-Australian (85 sp.); one species strays into the United States-Mexican border region (mainly in Texas). Two subfamilies are known: Microniinae, for the smaller mostly white species with very short tails (all Old World), and Uraniinae for the more well known larger and long-tailed species. The family is in the superfamily Uranioidea, in the section Cossina, subsection Bombycina, of the division Ditrysia. Adults medium to large (31–160 mm), with head somewhat roughened; haustellum naked; labial palpi often long with short apical segment; maxillary palpi small, 1-segmented; antennae often serrate and thickened. Wings triangular, with acute forewings (Fig. 157) and mostly tailed hindwings (margins of hindwings usually with some emarginations). Maculation usually dark browns to black, with green or pale striae, but some smaller species mostly white with very short tails on hindwings; one...
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Heppner
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  1. 1.Florida State Collection of ArthropodsGainesvilleUSA