Hyblaea puera (Cramer)

Red Teak Moth (Hyblaea puera)

The Red Teak Moth is native to Southeast Asia, but occurs also in New Guinea and northern Australia, in the Polynesian region it seems to be native at least to the Fijian Islands and to Samoa.

The species can also be found on Rarotonga in the Cook Archipelago, on Tahiti in the Society Archipelago, as well as on Hiva Oa in the Marquesas, but, however, it may have only recently been accidentally introduced to these islands.

The caterpillars feed on a large number of different plant species from various genera and families (Gossypium, Premna, Rhizophora, Terminalia, Vitex, among others).

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References:

[1] John Adam Comstock: Lepidoptera of American Samoa with particular reference to biology and ecology. Pacific Insects Monographs 11: 1-74. 1966
[2] Karin S. Kami; Scott E. Miller: Samoan Insects and related Arthropods: Checklist and Bibliography. Bishop Museum Technical Report 13. 1998
[3] Neal L. Evenhuis: Checklist of Fijian Lepidoptera. Bishop Museum Technical Report 38(13): 1-53. 2007

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Photo: Peter T. Oboyski; by courtesy of Peter T. Oboyski

http://nature.berkeley.edu/~poboyski/Lepidoptera/SocietyIslands.htm

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