Omiodes laysanensis Swezey

Laysan Leaf-roller (Omiodes laysanensis)

The Laysan Leaf-roller was described in 1913 (or 1914, according to other sources), the species is known only from the island of Laysan, Hawaiian Islands and is the sole known member of its genus known from the northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

The species reached a wingspan of 1,9 to 2,2 cm, the forewings were mainly light fuscous with a darker costa and median band, the hindwings were light fuscous, somewhat suffused with a whitish wash.

The biology of this species is not known, its larvae, however, are thought to have fed on some native grass species. [1][2]



[1] Otto H. Swezey: Two new species of moths from Laysan Island. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 3: 18-19. 1913
[2] Elwood C. Zimmerman: Insects of Hawaii 8; Lepidoptera: Pyralidae. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu 1958


edited: 25.09.2019