Notes on the life history of Anetia jaegeri from Hispaniola (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Danainae).

A. Sourakov, T. C. Emmel


Early stages of the endemic Hispaniolan danaid butterfly Anetia jaegeri (Menetries) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), are described, and Asclepias nivea L. (Asclepiadaceae) is reported as being its food plant. Morphology of the last instar larva is examined for systematic implications, utilizing characters previously developed by Kitching (1985) for other danaines. Anetia jaegeri is found to be the most primitive of the 16 analyzed species of Danainae.


Asclepiadaceae; biology; Caribbean; cladistic analysis; Danaus; Dominican Republic; immature stages; Ithomiinae; larvae; life history; Lycorea; Methona; Neotropical; pupae; West Indies

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