Thudaca ophiosema

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Thudaca ophiosema
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T. ophiosema
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Thudaca ophiosema
Meyrick, 1893

Thudaca ophiosema is a moth in the family Depressariidae. It was described by Edward Meyrick in 1893. It is found in Australia, where it has been recorded from Western Australia. [1]

Moth Group of mostly-nocturnal insects in the order Lepidoptera

Moths comprise a group of insects related to butterflies, belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Most lepidopterans are moths, and there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which have yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species.

Depressariidae family of insects

Depressariidae is a family of moths. It has formerly been treated as a subfamily of Gelechiidae, but is now recognised as a separate family, comprising about 2300 species worldwide.

Edward Meyrick English entomologist and schoolmaster

Edward Meyrick FRS was an English schoolmaster and amateur entomologist. He was an expert on Microlepidoptera and some consider him one of the founders of modern Microlepidoptera systematics.

The wingspan is about 16 mm. The forewings are light ochreous brown, somewhat darker posteriorly. There is a white costal streak from near the base to four-fifths, interrupted by an inwardly oblique bar of ground colour about the middle. There is a white spot on the inner margin at one-third, preceded by a dark fuscous suffusion, and two small cloudy white spots on the inner margin at two-thirds. There is a moderate white median longitudinal streak from the base to four-fifths, sinuate upwards in the middle, and with the extremity bent upwards, partially margined with dark fuscous suffusion, which is continued posteriorly as a broad band to the hindmargin. There is a moderate irregular-edged white submarginal streak from the apex to the anal angle. The hindwings are ochreous whitish. [2]

Wingspan distance from the tip of one limb such as an arm or wing to the tip of the paired limb, or analogically the same measure for airplane wings

The wingspan of a bird or an airplane is the distance from one wingtip to the other wingtip. For example, the Boeing 777-200 has a wingspan of 60.93 metres, and a wandering albatross caught in 1965 had a wingspan of 3.63 metres, the official record for a living bird. The term wingspan, more technically extent, is also used for other winged animals such as pterosaurs, bats, insects, etc., and other fixed-wing aircraft such as ornithopters. In humans, the term wingspan also refers to the arm span, which is distance between the length from one end of an individual's arms to the other when raised parallel to the ground at shoulder height at a 90º angle. Former professional basketball player Manute Bol stands at 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) and owns one of the largest wingspans at 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m).

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References

  1. Thudaca at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms.
  2. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales (2) 7 (4): 576