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Brassolini Boisduval 1836

Niklas Wahlberg and Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Satyrinae


The Brassolini are a neotropical tribe which includes the very large "owl butterflies" (Caligo), as well as a number of other striking species. Many of them are crepuscular, exhibiting rapid flight that almost makes them look like bats. The larvae of brassolines feed on monocots, and some species are pests of palms.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Phylogenetic relationships among genera are shown based on the phylgoenetic analysis of morphological characters by Penz (2007).


Casagrande MM. 1995. Notas sistem?ticas sobre Brassolinae. I. Tribos (Lepdoptera, Nymphalidae). Revta. Bras. Zool. 12: 671-699.

Casagrande, MM. 2004. Brassolini. In Lamas G ed. 2004. Atlas of Neotropical Lepidoptera. Checklist: Part 4A Hesperioidea - Papiionoidea. Gainesville: Scientific Publishers/Association of Tropical Lepidoptera.

Penz, C. M. 2007 Evaluating the monophyly and phylogenetic relationships of Brassolini genera (Lepipoptera, Nymphalidae). Syst. Ent. 32, 668-689.

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Scientific Name Brassolis astyra Godart
Location Campinas, Brasil
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Andrew V. Z. Brower
Life Cycle Stage adult
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Niklas Wahlberg
University of Turku, Finland

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA

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Wahlberg, Niklas and Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2008. Brassolini Boisduval 1836. Version 30 January 2008 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Brassolini/70271/2008.01.30 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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