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Species Dryadaula terpsichorella - Hawaiian Dancing Moth - Hodges#0307.1

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Tineoidea (Tubeworm, Bagworm, and Clothes Moths)
Family Dryadaulidae (Dancing Moths)
Genus Dryadaula
Species terpsichorella (Hawaiian Dancing Moth - Hodges#0307.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dryadaula terpsichorella (Busck, 1910)
Cyane terpsichorella Busck, 1910
Choropleca terpsichorella Durrant 1914
Diachalastis tetraglossa Meyrick 1920
Explanation of Names
Powell & Opler (2009) stated "The common name is derived from characteristic circular gyrations, with a crablike sideways gait, which the moth performs each time it alights." (1)
Adult: Powell & Opler (2009) listed the forewing length 3.5-4 mm.(1)
Larva: Full-grown larva is about 9–10 mm (2)
Adult: FW mainly creamy white with some delicate brown, the tips of the forewings are margined with a blackish line that is outwardly edged with white(2). Ground color can vary from buff to dark brown; note the diagonal white bands at the junction of thorax and FWs and the folded (indented) tips of the FWs in resting posture; antennae are banded brown and white.
Specimen determined by DNA analysis (BOLD). (3)

Larva: Larva cylindrical and very dark brown with two brownish spots on each side of segments three and four. (2)
Introduced to Florida and California. (3)
Powell & Opler (2009) stated the species was first reported from San Diego in 1998. Native to south-eastern Polynesia. (3)
Clarke (1971) reported the larvae in dead tissue of Pandanus, banana, sugarcane.
Powell & Opler (2009) reported the larvae were found in dead leaves and may be a fungus feeder. (1)
Dryadaula terpsichorella "was originally described from Hawaii, where it was believed to have been introduced in 1900." (1)
Print References
Busck, A. 1910. New Central-American Microlepidoptera introduced into the Hawaiian Islands. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 12: 134.
Powell, J.A. & P.A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press, p. 51; pl. 2, fig. 29. (1)
Zimmerman, E.C., 1978. Microlepidoptera. Insects of Hawaii. 9(1):328 (includes detailed description of all stages and keys)
Internet References
Wikipedia - detailed description (2)