Thyrocopa peleana

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Thyrocopa peleana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Xyloryctidae
Genus: Thyrocopa
Species:T. peleana
Binomial name
Thyrocopa peleana
Swezey, 1932

Thyrocopa peleana is a moth of the Xyloryctidae family. It is endemic to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. It is possibly extinct.

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.

Oahu The third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands and site of the state capital Honolulu

Oʻahu, known as "The Gathering Place", is the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It is home to roughly one million people—about two-thirds of the population of the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi. The state capital, Honolulu, is on Oʻahu's southeast coast. Including small associated islands such as Ford Island and the islands in Kāneʻohe Bay and off the eastern (windward) coast, its area is 596.7 square miles (1,545.4 km2), making it the 20th-largest island in the United States.

The length of the forewings is 11–19 mm. Adults are on wing at least in September. The ground color of the forewings is very light whitish-brown, with a few dark brown scales scattered throughout. The discal area has three to four small, brownish spots in the cell. The hindwings are very light whitish-brown.

The larvae feed on Melicope species. Larvae have been reared from caterpillars in burrows of the longicorn beetle, Nesithmysus bridwelli in Melicope trees. The larvae feed in decaying wood and on bark around the entrance to the burrows, spinning a sheet-like web to cover the feeding area.

<i>Melicope</i> genus of plants

Melicope is a genus of about 230 species of shrubs and trees in the family Rutaceae, occurring from the Hawaiian Islands across the Pacific to tropical Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The temperate Asian genus Tetradium is closely related to Melicope and is sometimes merged into it.


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