Heteropan dolens   (Druce)


 
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Dark Palm-Moth
(Heteropan dolens)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Fiji: Viti Levu

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 1,9 cm (wingspan)

extinction date: shortly after 1925

 
The Dark Palm-Moth was scientifically described in the year 1888.

This species died out short time after 1925, when a parasitic fly species (Bessa remota (Aldrich)) was released, which was actually designed to control the numbers of another burnet moth species, the Iridescent Palm-Moth (Levuana iridescens (Bethune-Baker)), which in turn was deemed a pest species for agriculture.

 
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Dark Palm-Moth (Heteropan dolens)


Depiction from: 'Herbert Druce: List of the Lepidoptera Heterocera collected by Mr. C. M. Woodford at Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands, with the Descriptions of some new Species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 219-231. 1888'

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References:

- Mark S. Hoddle: Historical Review of Control Programs for Levuana iridescens (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae) in Fiji and Examination of Possible Extinction of This Moth by Bessa remota (Diptera: Tachinidae). Pacific Science 60(4): 439-453. 2006