Thyrocopa alterna

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Thyrocopa alterna
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Xyloryctidae
Genus: Thyrocopa
Species:T. alterna
Binomial name
Thyrocopa alterna
Walsingham, 1907
Synonyms
  • Thyrocopa adumbrataWalsingham, 1907
  • Thyrocopa inermisWalsingham, 1907

Thyrocopa alterna is a moth of the family Xyloryctidae. It was first described by Lord Walsingham in 1907. It is endemic to the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Hawaii.

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.

Xyloryctidae family of insects

Xyloryctidae is a family of moths contained within the superfamily Gelechioidea described by Edward Meyrick in 1890. Most genera are found in the Indo-Australian region. While many of these moths are tiny, some members of the family grow to a wingspan of up to 66 mm, making them giants among the micromoths.

Thomas de Grey, 6th Baron Walsingham British politician, entomologist and cricketer

Thomas de Grey, 6th Baron Walsingham of Merton Hall, Norfolk was an English politician and amateur entomologist.

The length of the forewings is 8–15 mm. Adults are on wing at least from May to November. It is very similar to Thyrocopa abusa , but the male antennae are surrounded by cilia, and the male genitalia are without a dorsal ridge. Individuals from Maui generally are smaller than those from the island of Hawaii.

Thyrocopa abusa is a moth of the family Xyloryctidae. It was first described by Lord Walsingham in 1907. It is endemic to the Hawaiian islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii. It is the type species of the Thyrocopa genus.

Elwood Curtin Zimmerman was an American entomologist best known for his two multivolume series: Insects of Hawaii published by the University of Hawaiʻi Press and Australian Weevils published by Australia's CSIRO.


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