Agrotis microreas

Kilauea Cutworm
(Agrotis microreas)

syn. Agrotiphila microreas


Hawai'i Islands: Hawai'i

local name: -

size: ca. 2,6 cm (wingspan)

extinction date: (?)

This species is the smallest member of its genus on the Hawai'i Islands and is known only on the basis of the typus material, a single pair.

The host plant of its larvas is unknown.

The Kilauea Cutworm was scientifically described in the year 1899 and was, according to eyewitnesses, still commonly found on the hills of the Kilauea volcano in the year 1913, where the moths were seen flying in the morning sunshine over low vegetation.


Kilauea Cutworm (Agrotis microreas)

Depiction from 'Fauna Hawaiiensis; being the land-fauna of the Hawaiian islands. by various authors, 1899-1913. Cambridge [Eng.]: The University press, 1913.

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- 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