Stangeia rapae

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Stangeia rapae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pterophoridae
Genus: Stangeia
Species: S. rapae
Binomial name
Stangeia rapae
Clarke, 1971

Stangeia rapae is a moth of the Pterophoridae family that is found in French Polynesia (Rapa Island).[1]

The wingspan is 13–16 millimetres (0.51–0.63 in). The head is grey with scattered white scales. The thorax is grey, but posteriorly creamy white with three longitudinal pale, clay-coloured lines. The forewing ground colour is grey, dorsally suffused pale brownish. The hindwings are greyish fuscous.[2]

The larvae feed on Sigesbeckia orientalis. They feed in the inflorescence of their host plant. Pupation takes place on the flower stalks or very small leaves.