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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Superfamilia: Pyraloidea

Familia: Crambidae
Subfamilia: Pyraustinae
Tribus: Spilomelini
Genus: Terastia
Species: T. africana – T. meticulosalis – T. subjectalis

Terastia Guénée in Boisduval & Guenée, 1854

Type species: Terastia meticulosalis Guénée, 1854 in Boisduval & Guenée.

Additional references

Sourakov, A., Plotkin, D., Kawahara, A.Y., Xiao, L., Hallwachs, W. & Janzen, D.H. 2015. On the taxonomy of the erythrina moths Agathodes and Terastia (Crambidae: Spilomelinae): Two different patterns of haplotype divergence and a new species of Terastia. Tropical Lepidoptera Research 25(2): 80–97. Reference page.

Terastia is a genus of snout moths in the subfamily Spilomelinae of the family Crambidae. It was described by Achille Guenée in 1854 with Terastia meticulosalis as type species.[1] The genus is currently placed in the tribe Margaroniini,[2] where it is closely related to the genera Agathodes and Liopasia.[3][4][2]

Terastia with its eight species is distributed in the tropical regions of the Neotropical, Afrotropical and Oriental realm as well as Australasia.

Like the closely related genera Agathodes and Liopasia, the caterpillars of Terastia species feed on Erythrina species (Fabaceae).[5][6][7][8]

Terastia africana Sourakov in Sourakov, Plotkin, Kawahara, Xiao, Hallwachs & Janzen, 2015[4]
Terastia diversalis (Walker, 1866)
Terastia egialealis (Walker, 1859)
Terastia margaritis (C. Felder, R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
Terastia meticulosalis Guenée, 1854
Terastia minor Koningsberger & Zimmermann, 1901
Terastia proceralis Lederer, 1863
Terastia subjectalis Lederer, 1863


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