Erechthias simulans

Erechthias simulans
Erechthias simulans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Tineidae
Genus: Erechthias
Species: E. simulans
Binomial name
Erechthias simulans
(Butler, 1882)
  • Tinea simulans Butler, 1882
  • Ereunetis simulans
  • Decadarchis simulans
  • Comodica decaspila Lower, 1905
  • Decadarchis melanastra Meyrick, 1886

Erechthias simulans is a moth of the Tineidae family. It is known from Australia, the Solomons, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Ellice, the Society Islands, the Marquesas Islands, eastern Africa.

The wingspan is 15–20 mm. Adults are black or dark brown with white forewings. There is a well-developed tuft of long, rather stiff hairs near the base of the upper side of the hindwing in the male. This tuft is represented in the female by only a few finer hairs. The forewing tips are strongly upturned.

The larvae are scavengers in dead wood (particularly the bark and outer parts of stems and trunks), and they have been recorded from Coffea, Hibiscus tiliaceus, Samanea saman, Sapindus oahuensis and other trees.

Pupation takes place in a tough cocoon in a tunnel in which the caterpillar has lived. The pupa is about 10 mm long.

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