Heteropan dolens Druce, 1888:220

Dark palm moth



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Rediscovered (Robinson, 1974, 1975; but see Hoddle, 2006)



Viti Levu, Fiji & Aneityum Island, Vanuatu


Originally presumed endemic to Fiji (see Hoddle, 2006), it has more recently been found in Vanuatu (Robinson, 1974, 1975).


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Druce, Herbert. (1888). List of the Lepidoptera Heterocera collected by Mr. C. M. Woodford at Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji Islands, with the Descriptions of some new Species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1888: 219-231


Other references:

Hoddle, M. S. (2006). Historical review of control programs for Levuana iridescens (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae) in Fiji and examination of possible extinction of this moth by Bessa remota (Diptera: Tachinidae). Pacific Science 60: 439-453.

Howarth, F. G. (1991). Environmental impacts of classical biological control. Annual Review of Entomology 36: 485-509.

Howarth, F. G. (2001). Environmental issues concerning the importation of non-indigenous biological control agents. In: Lockwood, J.A., Howarth, F.G., Purcell, M.F. (Eds.), Balancing Nature: Assessing the Impact of Importing Non-Native Biological Control Agents (An International Perspective). Thomas Say Publications in Entomology: Proceedings. Entomological Society of America, Lanham, Maryland, pp. 70-99.

New, Tim R. (2005). Invertebrate Conservation and Agricultural Ecosystems. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

Robinson, Gaden S. (1974). Macrolepidoptera of Fiji and Rotuma: a taxonomic and biogeographic study. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

Robinson, Gaden S. (1975). Macrolepidoptera of Fiji and Rotuma: A Taxonomic and Biogeographic Study. E.W. Classey Ltd, Faringdon, Great Britain.


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