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A. b. belti
Mount Totumas cloud forest, Panama
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Automeris io caterpillar
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Hemileucinae
Genus: Automeris
Hübner, [1819][1][2][3]
  • Protautomeris Packard, 1903
  • Agliopsis Bouvier, 1929

Automeris is a genus of moths in the family Saturniidae and the subfamily Hemileucinae. As of 1996 there were 124 species, and more have since been described.[4] These moths are generally characterized by the eyelike patches on the hindwings and the leaflike pattern on the forewings, an example of crypsis.[4] The genus was first described by Jacob Hübner in 1819 and it is distributed in the Neotropical realm.[4]

List of species[edit]



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  2. ^ Savela, Markku. "Automeris Hübner, [1819]". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Rougerie, R. & Collective of iBOL Saturniidae expert taxonomists (2009). "Online list of valid and available names of the Saturniidae of the World". Lepidoptera Barcode of Life: Saturniidae.
  4. ^ a b c Balcázar-Lara, M. A. (2000). "A new Automeris from the Manantlan Reserve in Mexico (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Hemileudinae)". Florida Entomologist. 83 (2): 343-48.