Pararrhaptica dermatopa (Meyrick)

Oahu Kolea Leafroller (Pararrhaptica dermatopa)

The Oahu Kolea Leafroller was described in 1928; it was restricted to the slopes of the Pu’u Ohia on the island of O’ahu, Hawaiian Islands

The species has a wingspan of about 2 cm; the head and the thorax are light ferruginous; the forewings are very light ferruginous and are decorated with darker ferruginous markings; the hind wings are silky whitish and bear inconspicuous. slightly darker markings.

The larvae are known to feed on the Hawaiian endemic kōlea lau nui (Myrsine lessertiana A. DC.).

This species is known from three specimens; it was last recorded in 1911 and is now very likely extinct.

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syn. Eulia dermatopa Meyrick

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References:

[1] Kyhl A. Austin; Daniel Rubinoff: Rediscoveries and presumed extinctions of Hawaiian leaf-roller moths (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 55: 11-27. 2023

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edited: 18.02.2024