Megalorrhipida leucodactyla (Fabricius)

White-footed Feather Moth (Megalorrhipida leucodactyla)

The White-footed Feather Moth has a pantropical distribution, that means it occurs in the tropics worldwide, thus it probably occurs naturally in some parts of Polynesia as well.

The caterpillars are not specialized to any host plant species and feed on a wide range of plants, including the widespread species Boerhavia albiflora Fosberg, Boerhavia repens L. and Boerhavia tetrandra G. Forst..

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References:

[1] Koji Yano: Notes on South Pacific Pterophoridae (Lepidoptera). Pacific Insects 5(4): 849-871. 1963
[2] Karin S. Kami; Scott E. Miller: Samoan Insects and related Arthropods: Checklist and Bibliography.Bishop Museum Technical Report 13. 1998

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Heliotropium curassavicum L.

Heliotropium curassavicum

Distribution:

Hawai’i Islands: French Frigate Shoals, Hawai’i, Kaho’olawe, Kaua’i, Ka’ula, Lana’i, Laysan, Lehua, Maui, Moloka’i, Nihoa, Ni’ihau, O’ahu

local names:

kipukai – Hawai’i Islands
lau po’opo’ohina – Niihau / Hawai’i Islands
nena – Hawai’i Islands
po’opo’ohina – Niihau / Hawai’i Islands

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Eragrostis variabilis (Gaudich.) Steud.

Eragrostis variabilis

Distribution:

Hawai’i Islands: Hawai’i, Kaho’olawe, Kaua’i, Kure, Lana’i, Laysan, Lehua, Lisianski, Maui, Midway, Moloka’i, Nihoa, Ni’ihau, O’ahu, Pearl and Hermes

local names:

’emoloa – Hawai’i Islands
kalamalo – Hawai’i Islands
kawelu – Hawai’i Islands

Bryania bipunctata Aldrich

Nihoa Two-spotted Asteriid Fly (Bryania bipunctata)

This species, which obviously occurs exclusively on the island of Nihoa, was described in the year 1931 on the basis of two female specimens.

The animals reach a length of about 0,16 cm.

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The genus is monotypic, and the species is only distantly related to the other Hawaiian members of the family Asteiidae.

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References:

[1] J. M. Aldrich: New Acalytrate Diptera from the Pacific and Oriental Regions. Proc. Haw. Ent. Soc. 7(3): 395-399. 1931
[2] Patrick M. O´Grady; Karl Nicholas Magnacca: Studies in Hawaiian Diptera I: New Distributional Records for Endemic Asteia (Asteiidae). Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e1010. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1010

Euphorbia celastroides Boiss.

Euphorbia celastroides

Distribution:

Hawai’i Islands: Hawai’i, Kaua’i, Ka’ula, Kaho’olawe, Lana’i, Maui, Moloka’i, Nihoa, Ni’ihau, O’ahu

local names: –

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Euphorbia celastroides var. amplectens Sherff
Euphorbia celastroides var. celastroides Boiss.
Euphorbia celastroides var. hanapepensis Sherff
Euphorbia celastroides var. kaenana Sherff
Euphorbia celastroides var. laehiensis O. Deg., I. Deg. & Sherff
Euphorbia celastroides var. lorifolia (A. Gray) Sherff
Euphorbia celastroides var. stokesii (C. N. Forbes) Sherff
Euphorbia celastroides var. tomentella (Boiss.) Oudejans

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Euphorbia celastroides var. stokesii

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edited:

05.02.2017