Autoplusia olivacea (Skinner)

Olive-colored Owlet Moth (Autoplusia olivacea)

The Olive-colored Owlet Moth is only known from eight specimens, some of which were collected in 1916 in Los Angeles and some a little later in Pasadena, California.  

The species reached a wingspan of 3.9 cm.  

As far as is known, the caterpillars fed on Large-leaved Ragwort (Senecio grandifolius Less.), but probably also on other species.  

The species has not been recorded since the beginning of the 20th century and is believed to be probably extinct – but its name is apparently still incorrectly used for another, common species of the same genus, the real name of which is Autoplusia egenoides Franclemont & Todd.


edited: 02.05.2021