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The three species are neotropical. L. cleobaea and L. paisinuntia are Müllerian mimics of larger "tiger" patterned ithomiines (e. g. Melinaea spp.) and the silvaniform Heliconius species. L. ilione is a Müllerian mimic of large, clear-winged ithomiines Methona and Thyridia, and pericopine and castniid moths. Lycorea specimens may be easily distinguished from these by the shape of the hindwing discal cell, and (in males) by the presence of eversible abdominal hairpencils, which are used during courtship. Recorded larval host plant families include Asclepiadaceae, Caricaceae, Moraceae and Myoporaceae.


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