Botys sp., copyright Andreas Kay.

Belongs within: Pyraloidea.

Botys is a genus of moths characterised by two distinct pairs of palpi with one pair being smaller than the other (Latreille 1802). Larvae of B. colonum live communally in a tough silk web.

Characters (from Latreille 1802): Four distinct palpi, two of which are smaller and applied to the others. Antennae ciliate or simple. Proboscis present. Wings horizontal or slightly inclined, forming an almost isosceles triangle with the body.

<==Botys Latreille 1802L02
|--B. admensalisWM66
|--B. colonum [=Crambus colonum]L02
|--B. damasalis [incl. B. adhaesalis]WM66
|--B. damoalisWM66
|--B. erigatus [=Crambus erigatus]L02
|--B. farinalisR26
|--B. illisalisWM66
|--B. nympheataG20
|--B. pandalisP01
|--B. potamogata (Linnaeus 1758)L02, L58 [=Phalaena (Geometra) potamogataL02, L58]
|--B. purpuraria (Linnaeus 1758)L02, L58 [=Phalaena (Geometra) purpurariaL02, L58]
|--B. rubiginalisP01
|--B. sellalisWM66
`--B. thyasalisWM66

*Type species of generic name indicated


[G20] Goldfuss, G. A. 1820. Handbuch der Naturgeschichte vol. 3. Handbuch der Zoologie pt 1. Johann Leonhard Schrag: Nürnberg.

[L02] Latreille, P. A. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

[L58] Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii: Holmiae.

[P01] Pável, J. 1901. Lepkék [Lepidopteren]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 171–177. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[R26] Risso, A. 1826. Histoire naturelle des principales productions de l’Europe méridionale et particulièrement de celles des environs de Nice et des Alpes maritimes vol. 5. F.-G. Levrault: Paris.

[WM66] Wallace, A. R., & F. Moore. 1866. List of lepidopterous insects collected at Takow, Formosa, by Mr. R. Swinhoe. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 355–365.


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