Meza Hemming, 1939

Cock, Matthew J. W. & Congdon, Colin E., 2013, Observations on the Biology of Afrotropical Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera). Part 5. Hesperiinae incertae sedis: Dicotyledon Feeders, Zootaxa 3724 (1), pp. 1-85: 31

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Meza Hemming, 1939


Meza Hemming, 1939  

This genus is paraphyletic, and probably only the type species will be left in Meza   once the species that do not belong have been removed (Larsen, pers. comm. 2012). Vuattoux (1999) has reared M. meza   from Paspalum conjugatum   once. Larsen (2005) questioned this, as the other members of the genus as then defined are dicotyledon feeders. However, the reported disparate food plants together with differences in genitalia and wing pattern support the break up of the genus (Larsen, pers. comm. 2012). Vuattoux’s food plant record should be accepted until further information suggests otherwise.

Vuattoux (1999) has reared three other species of Meza   in Côte d’Ivoire: M. mabea   ( Holland) from Dalbergia heudelotii   , D. oblongifolia   and Baphia pubescens   ( Fabaceae   ), M. indusiata (Mabille)   five times from Hugonia platysepala   ( Linaceae   ), and M. cybeutes volta (Miller)   from Dichapetalum madagascariense   (= D. guineense   ) ( Dichapetalaceae   ). Larsen (2005) repeats these records, but points out that the first is referable to M. leucophaea   ( Holland), based on a voucher specimen.