Melaporphyria immortua Grote

Dark-banded Flower Gem Moth (Melaporphyria immortua)

The Dark-banded Flower Gem Moth was described in 1874, a somewhat enigmatic species being the sole member of its genus.

The biology of this species, including the larval host plant/plants, is completely unknown. It appears, however, to have been restricted to a certain type of prairie habitat which today is highly reduced.

The species was last recorded during the 1970s with some records from Canada, others from North Dakota, USA, it is classified as ‘Data Deficient’ but may in fact already be extinct. 


edited: 06.05.2019