Imbrasia epimethea (Drury, 1773)

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FAMILY Saturniidae
SUBFAMILY Bunaeinae
GENUS Imbrasia
SPECIES epimethea
AUTHOR(Drury, 1773)
ORIGINAL COMBINATIONPhal.[aena] Att.[acus] Epimethea
TYPE LOCALITY[Gabon], African Coast, near Calabar, ca. 6°N.
GEOGRAPHICAL COORDINATES /
TYPE SPECIMEN(S) Holotype, in bad condition (see Rougeot 1955: 72), BMNH.
STATUS Species
PUBLICATION Drury D. 1773. Illustrations of Natural History, wherein are exhibited upwards of two hundred and forty figures of Exotic Insects, according to their different genera, very few of which have hitherto been figured by any author, being engraved and coloured from (etc.) - — 2:i–vii, 1–190, pls. 1–50.
PAGINATION 22–23, index; pl. 13, fig. 1 Bhl

Species pictures

Subspecies

NAME AUTHOR STATUS
biokoensis Darge, 1988 Subspecies
epimethea (Drury, 1773) Subspecies

Synonyms

NAME AUTHOR STATUS
crameri Kirby, 1892 Synonym of species
diomede Karsch, 1893 Synonym of species
dorcas (Walker, 1855) Synonym of species
epimedea (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855) Synonym of species
nadari Bouvier, 1928 Synonym of species
nictitans (Fabricius, 1775) Synonym of species

Species Distribution

COUNTRY PROVINCE/STATE PUBLICATION PAGE
Angola   Rougeot P. C. 1963a. Nouvelle note sur les Lépidoptères Attacidés du Musée de Dundo (Angola). - Publicações Culturais da Companhia de Diamantes de Angola 68:13–32. 21
Cameroon   Karsch F. 1892c. Verzeichniss der von Herrn Dr. Paul Preuss in Kamerun beobachteten Saturniiden. - Berliner entomologische Zeitschrift 37(4):495–505, pls. 19–20. 499
Central African Republic   Hetuin J. M. 1987. Compte-rendu d'une chasse nocturne en Centrafrique. - Lambillionea 87(9–10):99–103. 102
Congo   Bouvier E. L. 1927d. Saturniens du Musée du Congo belge. - Revue de Zoologie et Botanique Africaines 15(2):129–171. 155
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Bas Congo Bouvier E. L. 1927d. Saturniens du Musée du Congo belge. - Revue de Zoologie et Botanique Africaines 15(2):129–171. 155
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Orientale Holland W. J. 1920. Lepidoptera of the Congo, being a systematic list of the butterflies and moths collected by the American Museum of Natural History Congo Expedition, together with descriptions of some hitherto undescribed species. - Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 43:109–369, pls. 6–14. 317
Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Katanga Hampson G. F. 1910c. Zoological collections from Northern Rhodesia and adjacent territories: Lepidoptera Phalaenae. - Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1910(2):388–510, pls. 36–41. 480
Côte d'Ivoire   Bouvier E. L. 1927d. Saturniens du Musée du Congo belge. - Revue de Zoologie et Botanique Africaines 15(2):129–171. 155
Equatorial Guinea   Strand E. 1912b. Zoologische Ergebnisse der Expedition des Herrn G. Tessmann nach Süd-Kamerun und Spanisch Guinea. Lepidoptera I. (Saturniidae, Brahmaeidae, Striphnopterygidae, Sphingidae, Notodontidae, Syntomididae [sic], Hypsidae und Agaristidae). - Archiv für Naturgeschichte 78 (A)(6):139–197, 1 pl.. 142
Equatorial Guinea Bioko Darge Ph. 1988c. Trois nouveaux Saturniidae de Bioko (Lepidoptera). - Bulletin de la Société entomologique de Mulhouse 1988(7–9):41–42. 41 (as biokoensis)
Gabon   Drury D. 1773. Illustrations of Natural History, wherein are exhibited upwards of two hundred and forty figures of Exotic Insects, according to their different genera, very few of which have hitherto been figured by any author, being engraved and coloured from (etc.) - — 2:i–vii, 1–190, pls. 1–50. 23
Ghana   Walker F. 1855c. List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum. Part V.– Lepidoptera Heterocera. - — 5:i–iv, 977–1257. 1234
Guinea   Westwood J. O. 1849. Monograph of the large African species of nocturnal Lepidoptera belonging or allied to the genus Saturnia. - Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 17:33–61, pls. vii–x. 50
Guinea-Bissau   Naumann S. 2008. Saturniidae, Brahmaeidae. – In: Kühne, L. (Ed.) Butterflies and moth diversity of the Kakamega forest (Kenya). - — :93–116. 97
Kenya   Gardner J. C. M. 1957. An annotated list of East African forest insects. - — :1–47. 38
Mozambique   Dufrane A. 1953b. Saturniidae d'Afrique. - Bulletin mensuel de la Société linnéenne de Lyon 22(9):234–238; (10): 247–252. 250
Nigeria   Aurivillius C. 1905b. Lieutnant A. Schultze's Sammlung von Lepidopteren aus West-Afrika. - Arkiv för Zoologi 2(12):1–47, pls 1–5. 30
Sierra Leone   Naumann S. 2008. Saturniidae, Brahmaeidae. – In: Kühne, L. (Ed.) Butterflies and moth diversity of the Kakamega forest (Kenya). - — :93–116. 97
Tanzania, United Republic of   Gardner J. C. M. 1957. An annotated list of East African forest insects. - — :1–47. 38
Togo     LepIndex
Uganda   Bouvier E. L. 1927d. Saturniens du Musée du Congo belge. - Revue de Zoologie et Botanique Africaines 15(2):129–171. 155

Host Plants

FAMILY SPECIES COUNTRY PUBLICATIONPAGE
Sterculiaceae Theobroma cacao Ghana Wagner M. R., Cobbinah J. R. & Bosu P. P. 2008. Forest entomology in West Tropical Africa; Forest insects of Ghana. Second Edition. - — :i–lxx, 1–244. 38
Apocynaceae Funtumia elastica Ghana Wagner M. R., Cobbinah J. R. & Bosu P. P. 2008. Forest entomology in West Tropical Africa; Forest insects of Ghana. Second Edition. - — :i–lxx, 1–244. 38
Apocynaceae Holarrhena floribunda Ghana Wagner M. R., Cobbinah J. R. & Bosu P. P. 2008. Forest entomology in West Tropical Africa; Forest insects of Ghana. Second Edition. - — :i–lxx, 1–244. 38
Lecythidaceae Petersianthus africanus Congo, DR Latham P. 2003. Les chenilles comestibles et leurs plantes nourricières dans la province du Bas-Congo. - — :1–60. 21
Apocynaceae Holarrhena floribunda Congo, DR Latham P. 2003. Les chenilles comestibles et leurs plantes nourricières dans la province du Bas-Congo. - — :1–60. 21
Apocynaceae Funtumia africana Congo, DR Latham P. 2003. Les chenilles comestibles et leurs plantes nourricières dans la province du Bas-Congo. - — :1–60. 21
Lecythidaceae Petersianthus macrocarpus Congo, DR Latham P. 2003. Les chenilles comestibles et leurs plantes nourricières dans la province du Bas-Congo. - — :1–60. 21
Euphorbiaceae Ricinodendron heudelotii Congo, DR Latham P. 2003. Les chenilles comestibles et leurs plantes nourricières dans la province du Bas-Congo. - — :1–60. 21
Fabaceae Acacia lahai Kenya Gardner J. C. M. 1957. An annotated list of East African forest insects. - — :1–47. 38
Combretaceae Terminalia sp. Nigeria Aurivillius C. 1905b. Lieutnant A. Schultze's Sammlung von Lepidopteren aus West-Afrika. - Arkiv för Zoologi 2(12):1–47, pls 1–5. 31
Fabaceae Bauhinia sp. Nigeria Aurivillius C. 1905b. Lieutnant A. Schultze's Sammlung von Lepidopteren aus West-Afrika. - Arkiv för Zoologi 2(12):1–47, pls 1–5. 31
Annonaceae Annona senegalensis Nigeria Aurivillius C. 1905b. Lieutnant A. Schultze's Sammlung von Lepidopteren aus West-Afrika. - Arkiv för Zoologi 2(12):1–47, pls 1–5. 31
Apocynaceae Funtumia sp.   Rougeot P. C. 1962a. Les Lépidoptères de l'Afrique noire occidentale. - Bulletin de l'Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire 14(4):1–214. 92
Fabaceae Acacia auriculiformis Congo, DR Latham P. & Konda ku Mbuta A. 2014. Useful plants of Bas-Congo province, Democratic Republic of Congo, Vols. 1–2. - — :1–554. 12
Ulmaceae Trema orientalis Congo, DR Latham P. & Konda ku Mbuta A. 2014. Useful plants of Bas-Congo province, Democratic Republic of Congo, Vols. 1–2. - — :1–554. 478
Combretaceae Terminalia sp. Gabon Rougeot P. C. 1949b. Description des stades post-embryonnaires de quelques Saturnioïdes gabonais. - Bulletin mensuel de la Société linnéenne de Lyon 18(10):208–217. 215
Ulmaceae Celtis gomphophylla Angola Lautenschläger T., Neinhaus C., Monizi M., Mandombe J. L., Förster A., Henle T. & Nuss M. 2017. Edible insects of Northern Angola. - African Invertebrates 58(2):55–82. 61
Euphorbiaceae Ricinodendron heudelotii ssp. africanum Angola Lautenschläger T., Neinhaus C., Monizi M., Mandombe J. L., Förster A., Henle T. & Nuss M. 2017. Edible insects of Northern Angola. - African Invertebrates 58(2):55–82. 61
Fabaceae Entada abyssinica Angola Lautenschläger T., Neinhaus C., Monizi M., Mandombe J. L., Förster A., Henle T. & Nuss M. 2017. Edible insects of Northern Angola. - African Invertebrates 58(2):55–82. 61