Agrotis hephaestaea (Noctuidae)

Endemic

 

Agrotis hephaestaea caterpillar

Larva

Agrotis hephaestaea

Adult

 

Host plants recorded from the Alaka`i Swamp:

 

Development time in the laboratory at 20°C:

  • Larva: 9-11 weeks
  • Pupa: 5-6 weeks

This species develops slowly. W. oahuensis is a fairly noxious plant, and the black color of the larvae suggests aposematism.

 

Larval parasitoids recorded from the Alaka`i Swamp: