Tritocleis microphylla   (Meyrick)


 
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Olaa Peppered Looper Moth
(Tritocleis microphylla)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Hawai'i Islands: Hawai'i

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 2 cm (wingspan)

extinction date: (?)

 
The geometrid moth genus Tritocleis contains only this single, hawai'ian endemic species, which is considered extinct by now.

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The Olaa Peppered Looper Moth is known only from the typus specimen, a male, which was found in the Ola'a forest on Big Island, and which was described in the year 1899.

Absolutely nothing is known about the habits of this species.

 
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Olaa Peppered Looper Moth (Tritocleis microphylla)


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. 7, Macrolepidoptera. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. 1958