Thyrocopa kea

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Thyrocopa kea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Xyloryctidae
Genus: Thyrocopa
Species:T. kea
Binomial name
Thyrocopa kea
Medeiros, 2009

Thyrocopa kea is a moth of the Xyloryctidae family. It is endemic to the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

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.

Kauai Island of the Hawaiian Island Chain

Kauaʻi, anglicized as Kauai, is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 562.3 square miles (1,456.4 km2), it is the fourth-largest of these islands and the 21st largest island in the United States. Known also as the "Garden Isle", Kauaʻi lies 105 miles (169 km) across the Kauaʻi Channel, northwest of Oʻahu. This island is the site of Waimea Canyon State Park.

The length of the forewings is 12–20 mm. Adults are on wing at least from March to November. The ground color of the forewings is shiny white to mottled white and gray. There are no other markings present and the fringe is minimal. The underside of the wing is mostly dark brownish-gray. The hindwings are white, to very light brownish-white mottled with gray. The fringe is sometimes lighter.


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