Omiodes euryprora Meyrick

Olaa Banana Leaf-roller (Omiodes euryprora)

The Olaa Banana Leaf-roller was found in the Ola’a rainforest on the island of Hawai’i and was described in the year 1899.

The moth reached a wingspan of about 2,5 cm.

The larvae were exclusively found on the leaves of banana plants, which however are not native to the Hawaiian Islands but were introduced to the islands by the Polynesian settlers. That means on the one hand, that the native larval host plant/plants is/are unknown, and on the other hand, that this species was able to adapt to new species of host plants.

It is possible that this moth species is not extinct, as it was thought for a long time.

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References:

[1] Elwood C. Zimmerman: Insects of Hawaii 8; Lepidoptera: Pyralidae. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu 1958
[2] William P. Haines; Jon Giffin; David Foote: Rediscovery of five species of Omiodes Guenée (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) on Hawai’i Island. Bishop Occasional Papers 79: 45-49. 2003

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Depiction from: ‘Fauna Hawaiiensis; being the land-fauna of the Hawaiian islands. by various authors, 1899-1913. Cambridge [Eng.]: The University Press 1913’

(horizontally flipped)

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org

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edited: 20.09.2016

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