Thyrocopa usitata

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Thyrocopa usitata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Xyloryctidae
Genus: Thyrocopa
Species:T. usitata
Binomial name
Thyrocopa usitata
(Butler, 1881)
Synonyms
  • Depressaria usitataButler, 1881
  • Thyrocopa criminosaMeyrick, 1915
  • Thyrocopa librodesMeyrick, 1915
  • Thyrocopa sucosaMeyrick, 1915

Thyrocopa usitata is a moth of the Xyloryctidae family. It is endemic to the Hawaiian islands of Kauai, Oahu 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.

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 7–11 mm. Adults are on wing year-round. The ground color of the forewings is brown. The pattern is variable. The discal area is sometimes clouded with poorly defined blackish spots in the cell and sometimes there is a curving poorly defined whitish band through the terminal area, sometimes with evenly spaced spots on the distal half of the costa and along the termen at the vein endings. The hindwings are light brown, but the area near the anal margin is sometimes darker brown. The fringe is light brown.

A larva was collected from rotting bark of Acacia koa .

<i>Acacia koa</i> species of plant

Acacia koa is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, where it is the second most common tree. The highest populations are on Hawaiʻi, Maui and Oʻahu. Its name in the Hawaiian language, koa, also means brave, bold, fearless, or warrior.


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