Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Poko Noctuid Moth

The Poko Noctuid Moth (Agrotis crinigera) was a moth in the Noctuidae family. It is now an extinct species.

It was endemic to Maui, Hawaii and Oahu islands, Hawaii, United States. It was said to be sometimes very abundant in the 19th century, occurring in thousands and mostly found close to the sea-level. Its caterpillar was known as the Larger Hawaiian Cutworm .

The last living moths were seen in 1926. Five specimens have been preserved in the British Museum collection.

The larvae have been recorded on various garden plants (especially legumes), beans, corn, cowpea, Datura, grasses, peas, Portulaca, Sida and sugarcane.

Source: Wikipedia


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