Omiodes euryprora


 
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Olaa Pyralid Moth
(Omiodes euryprora)

 
syn. Hedylepta euryprora, Phostria euryprora

 
distribution:

Hawai'i Islands: Hawai'i

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 2,5 cm (wingspan)

extinction date: (?)

 
The Olaa Pyralid Moth was found in the Ola'a rain forest on the island of Hawai'i and was scietifically described in the year 1899.

The larvas were exclusively found on the leaves of banana plants, which however are not native to the Hawaiian Islands but were introduced to the islands by the Polynesian settlers. That means on the one hand, that the native larval host plant/plants is/are unknown, and on the other hand it means, that this species is able to adapt to new species of host plants.

It is possible that this moth species is not extinct, as it was thought for a long time.

 
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Olaa Pyralid Moth (Omiodes euryprora)


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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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. 8, Lepidoptera: Pyralidae. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. 1958
- William P. Haines; Jon Giffin; David Foote: Rediscovery of five species of Omiodes Guenée (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) on Hawai'i Island. Bishop Occosonal Papers 79: 45-49. 2003