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Further notes on the Lepidoptera of Norfolk Island, with particular reference to migrant species

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This paper reports on the continuation from 1976 to 1981 of a light-trap survey of the Lepidoptera of Norfolk Island, south-west Pacific. The island environment is described briefly. Records of various species suspected to be wholly or partially migrant to the island are presented, including one definite record of an individual of Ophiusa disjungens Walker from New Caledonia. The climatic conditions prevalent during the two most significant arrivals over the period are described, and general patterns of arrival are discussed. In a systematic section new information on rare or migrant taxa, the status or identity of taxa, life histories and seasonal and local distribution patterns is presented. The following species are recorded from the island for the first time: Cosmopterix attenuatella Walker, Morophaga clonodes Meyrick, Bactra optanias Meyrick, Anarsia trichodeta Meyrick, Epipagis cancellalis Zeller, Marasmia poeyalis Boisduval (misidentified previously), Chloroclystis filata Meyrick, Nyctemera amica White, Amyna punctum Fabricius, Ophiusa disjungens Walker, Chrysodeixis acuta Walker, and Lacera noctilio Fabricius.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Commonwealth Institute of Entomology, 56 Queen's Gate, London, S.W.7

Publication date: May 1, 1982

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