Overview

Brief Summary

Introduction

Larvae of miletines are either carnivorous or feed on the secretions of Homoptera. None of them are phytophagous (Eliot 1973, 1992).

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Evolution and Systematics

Evolution

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

  • Miletinae
    • Lachnocnemini
    • Liphyrini
    • Miletini
    • Spalgini
Eliot (1992, in Corbet & Pendlebury) reduced the subfamily Liphyrinae to a tribe within Miletinae.

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) Stats
Specimen Records: 340
Specimens with Sequences: 286
Specimens with Barcodes: 265
Species: 64
Species With Barcodes: 59
Public Records: 14
Public Species: 7
Public BINs: 7
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Wikipedia

Miletinae

Miletinae is a subfamily of the Lycaenidae family of butterflies, commonly called Harvesters and Woolly Legs, and virtually unique among butterflies in having predatory larvae. Miletinae are entirely aphytophagous (do not feed on plants). The ecology of the Miletinae is little understood but adults and larvae live in association with ants and feed on Homoptera (aphids, coccids, membracids and psyllids). The butterflies, ants and Homoptera seem to have complex symbiotic relationships benefiting all.[1]

Systematics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lohman, D.J.; Samarita, V.U. 2009: The biology of carnivorous butterfly larvae (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Miletinae: Miletini) and their ant-tended hemipteran prey in Thailand and the Philippines. Journal of natural history, 43: 569-581.
  • Bernard d'Abrera (1986) Butterflies of the Oriental Region. Part 3: Lycaenidae and Riodinidae Hill House Publishers ISBN 0-9593639-4-7
  • Bernard d'Abrera, (1980) Butterflies of the Afrotropical region based on Synonymic catalogue of the butterflies of the Ethiopian region by R.H. Carcasson. Lansdown Editions in association with E.W. Classey, Melbourne ISBN 0-7018-1029-7
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