Ceretes thais

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Ceretes thais
Illustrations of Exotic Entomology Castnia Thais.jpg
Illustration by Dru Drury
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Castniidae
Genus: Ceretes
Species: C. thais
Binomial name
Ceretes thais
(Drury, 1782)[1]
  • Papilio thais Drury, 1782
  • Papilio chremes Fabricius, 1793
  • Corybantes nicon Hübner, [1822]
  • Castnia thalaira Godart, [1824]
  • Castnia nicon Gray, 1838 (preocc. Hübner, [1822])
  • Castnia morphoides Walker, [1865]
  • Chremes jonesii Buchecker, [1876]
  • Ceretes thais var. gracillima Houlbert, 1918

Ceretes thais is a moth in the Castniidae family. It is found in Brazil. Superficially it looks very like a butterfly, and was originally placed by Dru Drury in the "Papilio (Danaus Festivus)" group which mostly corresponds with modern Nymphalidae.


Upper side: Antennae brown. Thorax, abdomen, and anterior wings red brown; the latter having two streaks or bars of a lighter colour crossing them from the anterior edges to the posterior and external ones; one crossing the middle of the wing, the other nearer the tips. Posterior wings orange; the lower part black along the external edge, whereon are placed a row of square orange coloured spots, those next the upper corners reaching to the edge; a black line also crosses these wings, beginning just below the body, and running almost across to the upper corner.

Under side: Palpi and thorax red-brown. Abdomen yellowish. Anterior wings yellowish clay coloured, with three black lines crossing them transversely, the middle one being the broadest. Posterior wings orange brown, with a small white spot placed near the centre. Margins of the wings plain. Wing-span ​2 12 inches (64 mm).[2]


  1. ^ Ceretes at funet
  2. ^ Drury, Dru (1837). Westwood, John, ed. Illustrations of Exotic Entomology. 3. pp. 22-23. pl. XVI.