Greta polissena (Haensch)

Male dorsal

Male ventral

Female dorsal

Female ventral

Forewing postdiscal bar narrow, dorsal borders mostly black, costal margin of ventral hindwing of male with a central black spot.

Wingspan: 52-55mm

Forewing length: 27-29mm

Local distribution: Common on upper Pacific slope at 1300 to 1600 m and Atlantic slope down to 700 m (Poco sol).

Similar species: Greta spp., Pteronymia simplex, Pteronymia artena, Hypoleria cassotis

Species range: Costa Rica to South America

Abundance: Common

Larval host plants:

Cestrum fragile
Cestrum irazuense
Cestrum megalophyllum
Cestrum rugulosum, cf.
Cestrum “panamense”
Cestrum “button berry”

Early stages: Solitary


male (26 K)
male (underside)

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Images and text copyright © 2001 by William A. Haber,
Created: 3 April 2001. Updated: 18 November 2001.