Tag Archives: Tiger Moths

Hypena longfieldae Collenette

Longfield’s Snout Moth (Hypena longfieldae)

Longfield’s Snout Moth was described in 1928.

The species is endemic to central Polynesia and can be found on the Austral Islands, the Marquesas and the Society Islands, where it is obviously restricted to higher elevations.

The moth reaches a wingspan of nearly 3 cm, it is extremely variable. [1]

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References:

[1] J. F. G. Clarke: The Lepidoptera of Rapa Island. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 56. 1971

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hypena-longfieldae-pto

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

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

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edited: 03.03.2017

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Anomis samoana (Butler)

Samoan Anomis Moth (Anomis samoana)

This species is so far known from Fiji, the Samoan Islands as well as from Tokelau, but may well be more widely distributed.

The species is obviously restricted to primary forest, which does not exist on the Tokelauan atolls, so the record from there may refer to a vagrant or was a misidentification.

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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] Alden D. Hinckley: Ecology of Terrestrial Arthropods on the Tokelau Atolls. Atoll Research Bulletin 124: 1-18. 1969
[3] Gaden S. Robinson: Macrolepidoptera of Fiji and Rotuma: a taxonomic and biogeographic study. Classey 1975

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anomis-samoana-jac

Photo: John A. Clayton; by courtesy of John A. Clayton

http://www.usp.ac.fj/fijimoths

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edited: 27.02.2017

Utetheisa clareae Robinson

Fijian Heliotrope Moth (Utetheisa clareae)

The Fijian Heliotrope Moth was scientifically described in the year 1971.

This species occurs exclusively on Fiji and is now threatened with extinction.

The larvae of this species feed on the leaves of the beach heliotrope (Heliotropium foertherianum Diane & Hilger).

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References:

[1] Gaden S. Robinson: The genus Utetheisa Hübner in Fiji with a description of a new species (Lepidoptera, Arctiidae). Entomologist’s Record and Journal of Variation 83: 123-130. 1971

Asota woodfordi Druce

Woodford’s Tiger Moth (Asota woodfordi)

This species, which was described in the year 1888, is obviously endemic to the Fijian Islands.

It has a wingspan of up to 5 cm.

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References:

[1] Neal L. Evenhuis: Checklist of Fijian Lepidoptera. Bishop Museum Technical Report 38(13): 1-53. 2007
[2] R. Zahiri; J. D. Holloway; I. J. Kitching; J. D. Lafontaine; M. Mutanen; N. Wahlberg: Molecular phylogenetics of Erebidae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea). Systematic Entomology. 37(1): 102–124. 2012

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asota-woodfordi-hd-llh

Depiction from: ‘Herbert Druce: List of the Lepidoptera Heterocera collected by Mr. C. M. Woodford at Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands, with the Descriptions of some new Species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 219-231. 1888′

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