Melitaeini

Melitaeini are a group of brush-footed butterflies. Usually classified as a tribe of the Nymphalinae, they are sometimes raised to subfamily status as Melitaeinae. Common names include the highly ambiguous fritillaries (also used for some Heliconiinae), checkerspots, crescents, or crescentspots, and some genus-specific names.

Melitaeini
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Pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Subfamily: Nymphalinae
Tribe: Melitaeini
Newman, 1870
Genera

Numerous, see text

Synonyms

Melitaeinae

Chlosyne janais, Campeche, Mexico

GeneraEdit

The 20–25 genera of Melitaeini are divided among five subtribes; some species are also listed. The subtribes, in the presumed phylogenetic sequence, are:[1]

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ See references in Savela (2010)

ReferencesEdit

  • Savela, Markku (2010): Lepidoptera and Some Other Life FormsMelitaeini. Version of 30 June 2010. Retrieved 10 February 2011.