Agrotis cremata


 
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Maui Cutworm
(Agrotis cremata)

 
syn. Euxoa cremata, Spaelotis cremata

 
distribution:

Hawai'i Islands: Maui, O'ahu

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 4,3 cm (wingspan)

extinction date: (?)

 
The genus Agrotis with its about ninety species is almost worldwide distributed, for example Germany harbours eleven species. About twenty-six species are found only on the Hawai'i Islands - some even only on one of the islands. Of these species again eleven are now considered extinct.

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The Maui Cutworm was found on the island of the same name as well as on O'ahu, where it lived near the shore. But this species probably existed also on other islands of the archipelago.

It belongs now to the extinct species, whereas the reasons for this seem to be as unknown as the extinction date.

 
References:

- Elwood C. Zimmerman: Insects of Hawaii; A Manual of the Insects of the Hawaiian Islands, including an Enumeration of the Species and Notes on their Origins, Distribution, Hosts, Parasites, etc.. Vol. 7, Macrolepidoptera. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. 1958
- Francis G. Howarth; William P. Mull: Hawaiian Insects and Their Kin. University of Hawaii Press 1992