Hypena obsoleta

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Hypena obsoleta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Hypena
Species: H. obsoleta
Binomial name
Hypena obsoleta
Butler, 1877
Synonyms
  • Hypena insignis Butler, 1877
  • Nesamiptis obsoleta

Hypena obsoleta is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is endemic to Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, Lanai and Hawaii.

It is one of the most variable of all Hawaiian insects. The color forms are most confusing, and it often appears that several species are represented in assembled series. The markings on some examples are extremely bold, but they are obsolete on other specimens, and all kinds of intergrades occur.

The larvae feed on Paspalum conjugatum and other grasses in the mountains

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