Abstract

We provide descriptions of the males and females of four species of the Latín American genus Venadicadia that occur in Costa Rica. Two species, V. paguei and V. caneti, are new, while (hree species are kncwn exclusively from Costa Rica at this time. V. ruthea, described without a type locality and previously of unknown distribution, is fouad to occur in Costa Rica. We give the first descriptions of the genitalia and (he smooth larva of Venadicadia, which places trus genus in the Prolimacodes complex. Larvae of V. canetí are found on the hostplant Ocotea veraguensis (Lauraceae) and are parasitized by Austrophorocera sp. (Tachinidae).
Keywords: limacodidae, venadicodia, larva, food plant