Ethmia nigroapicella

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Ethmia nigroapicella
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Depressariidae
Genus: Ethmia
Species: E. nigroapicella
Binomial name
Ethmia nigroapicella
(Saalmüller, 1880)
  • Psecadia nigroapicella Saalmüller, 1880
  • Ethmia colonella Walsingham, 1907
  • Ethmia meteoris Meyrick, 1911
  • Ethmia systematica Meyrick, 1922
  • Psecadia apicalis Matsumura, 1931

Ethmia nigroapicella, commonly known as the kou leafworm, is a moth of the Depressariidae family. It is found in Madagascar, the Seychelles, India, Assam, Burma, Samoa, the Philippines, Hawaii, Taiwan, Japan and Australia.


The wingspan is 24–28 mm. The forewings are overlaid with fifteen black dots on a grey background and a row of seven marginal dots. The hindwings are orange-yellow, but the apical patch is dark brown and covers one-seventh of the hindwing.[1]

The larvae feed on Ehretia species (including Ehretia dicksoni var. japonica, Ehretia laevis and Ehretia buxifolia) and Cordia subcordata.

This moth figures on a 25-cent stamp of Kiribati from 1980.[2]


External links[edit]

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