Desmia Westwood, 1832,

Bernard Landry, 2016, Taxonomic revision of the Spilomelinae (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae s. l.) of the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador, Revue suisse de Zoologie 123 (2), pp. 315-399: 323

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.155309

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Desmia Westwood, 1832
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Desmia Westwood, 1832 

Containing 92 species ( Nuss et al., 2016), Desmia  is mostly Neotropical, with 82 species described from the region ( Munroe, 1995). Species of Desmia  harbour similar wing colour and pattern, white markings on a black or dark background (see Figs 12, 13View Figs 9 - 16). The males and females can exhibit sexual dimorphism in, for example, wing pattern, antennae, and legs. This is a complicated group that is being studied by MAS, and although several genera within Desmia  have been discovered, many other new Desmia  species have been discovered using mitochondrial Cytochrome Oxidase I sequences.