Tonica gypsopis

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Tonica gypsopis
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T. gypsopis
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Tonica gypsopis
Meyrick, 1928

Tonica gypsopis is a moth in the family Depressariidae. It was described by Meyrick in 1928. [1] It is found on the Andamans. [2]

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.

The wingspan is about 27 mm. The forewings are white, mostly suffused pale grey except towards the base, the costa and termen. The veins towards the costa are posteriorly partly marked with very fine black lines and there is a short dark grey streak from the base of the costa, and a costal mark at one-sixth, as well as a dash of dark grey irroration just beneath the costa in the middle. The plical and second discal stigmata are marked by white tufts mixed with dark grey. There is an angulated subterminal line formed of cloudy grey spots, as well as three or four suffused dark grey spots on the costa posteriorly, and four smaller on the termen. The hindwings are rather dark grey. [3]

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. Beccaloni, G.; Scoble, M.; Kitching, I.; Simonsen, T.; Robinson, G.; Pitkin, B.; Hine, A.; Lyal, C., eds. (2003). "Tonica gypsopis". The Global Lepidoptera Names Index . Natural History Museum . Retrieved May 29, 2018.
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  3. Exot. Microlep. 3 (14-15): 474