Agrotis laysanensis

Laysan Cutworm; Miller; Miller Moth
(Agrotis laysanensis)

syn. Prodenia laysanensis


Hawai'i Islands: Laysan

local name: -

size: ca. 3,5 cm (wingspan)

extinction date: last seen in 1911

Unfortunately nothing is known about the habits of this species, which occurred apparently only on the island of  Laysan.


The guano collectors, who occosionally stayed at the island, named these moths 'Miller', a term, that is used in the English-speaking area for all more or less brownish or greyish coloured moths.

The Laysan Cutworm was probably the main food resource for the also extinct Laysan Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus familiaris familiaris), which again was named owing to this fact as 'Millerbird' in English.


Laysan Cutworm (Agrotis laysanensis)

Depiction from 'Novitates Zoologicae, by The Hon. Walter Rothschild, Ernst Hartert, and Dr. K. Jordan; Vol 2. 1895. Hazell, Watson & Viney, LD., London and Aylesbury'


- 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