Hypena laceratalis

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Hypena laceratalis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Hypena
Species: H. laceratalis
Binomial name
Hypena laceratalis
Walker, 1859
  • Hypena comptalis Moore, 1885
  • Hypena acrocompsa Turner, 1932

The Lantana Defoliator (Hypena laceratalis) is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is native to Africa (where it is known from Kenya, Socotra, Madagascar, Mascarenes) to Yemen and India, but was deliberately introduced to Australia (where it now known from northern Queensland to Kempsey in New South Wales) via Hawaii in 1965 to control the weed Lantana camara.

The larvae feed on Lantana camara. They feed on the undersides of leaves, forming clear windows and skeletonising the leaves. Pupation occurs in the soil.

Development from egg to adult takes about 28 days. Adults live for about two weeks.

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  • Distribution: from "Papillons de la Réunion", page 388, ISBN Biotop: 978-2-914817-07-3