British Large CopperGlobally Extinct: Insects

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Version 2011.1) has listed 59 insect species as extinct since the year 1500. This page lists 66 insect species and 5 subspecies as extinct.

Photo: Male and female specimens of the extinct British Large Copper (Lycaena dispar dispar). The two shown here were collected at Holm Fen in 1840. Courtesy by Norman Day. © All rights reserved. Visit his website at: http://www.pbase.com/plusiotis/insect_freaks_and_aberrations.

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Species

The subjoined table shows the insect species that recently became globally extinct.

Species (66)
Scientific Name Common Name TSEW Status IUCN Status
Acanthometropus pecatonica Pecatonica River Mayfly EX EX
Agrotis crinigera Poko Noctuid Moth EX EX
Agrotis fasciata Midway Noctuid Moth EX EX
Agrotis kerri Kerr's Noctuid Moth EX EX
Agrotis laysanensis Laysan Noctuid Moth EX EX
Agrotis photophila Unknown EX EX
Agrotis procellaris Procellaris Grotis Noctuid Moth EX EX
Alloperla roberti Robert's Stonefly EX EX
Anonconotus apenninigenus Unknown EX NE
Argyresthia castaneela Chestnut Ermine Moth EX EX
Campsicnemus mirabilis Unknown EX EX
Clavicoccus erinaceus Unknown EX EX
Coleophora leucochrysella Unknown EX EX
Conozoa hyalina Central Vally Grasshopper EX EX
Deloneura immaculata Unknown EX EX
Drosophila lanaiensis Unknown EX EX
Dryophthorus distinguendus Unknown EX EX
Dryotribus mimeticus Unknown EX EX
Ectodemia castaneae American Chestnut Moth EX EX
Ectodemia phleophaga Phleophagan Chestnut Moth EX EX
Genophantis leahi Unknown EX EX
Glaucopsyche xerces Xerces Blue EX EX
Helicoverpa confusa Confused Moth EX EX
Helicoverpa minuta Minute Noctuid Moth EX EX
Hydraena sappho Unknown EX NE
Hydropsyche tobiasi Tobias' Caddisfly EX EX
Hygrotus artus Mono Lake Diving Beetle EX EX
Hypena laysanensis Laysan Dropseed Noctuid Moth EX EX
Hypena newelli Hilo Noctuid Moth EX EX
Hypena plagiota Lovegrass Noctuid Moth EX EX
Hypena senicula Kaholuamano Noctuid Moth EX EX
Karocolens tuberculatus Unknown EX EX
Lepidochrysops hypopolia Unknown EX EX
Levuana irridescens Levuana Moth EX EX
Libythea cinyras Unknown EX EX
Macrancyclus linearis Unknown EX EX
Mecodema punctellum Unknown EX EX
Megadytes ducalis Unknown EX EX
Megalagrion jugorum Jugorum Megalagrion Damsefly EX EX
Melanoplus spretus Rocky Mountain Locust EX NE
Meligethes salvan Unknown EX NE
Neduba extincta Antioch Dunes Shieldback Katydid EX EX
Oedemasylus laysanensis Unknown EX EX
Oemopteryx loewii Unknown EX NE
Oeobia sp. nov. Unknown EX EX
Pentagenia robusta Robust Burrowing Mayfly EX EX
Pentarthrum blackburni Blackburn's Weevil EX EX
Phyllococcus oahuensis Unknown EX EX
Pseudoyersinia brevipennis Unknown EX NE
Rhantus novacaledoniae Unknown EX EX
Rhantus orbignyi Unknown EX EX
Rhantus papuanus Unknown EX EX
Rhyacophila amabilis Castle Lake Caddisfly EX EX
Rhyncogonus bryani Unknown EX EX
Scotorythra megalophylla Kona Giant Looper Moth EX EX
Scotorythra nesiotes Ko'olau Giant Looper Moth EX EX
Siettitia balsetensis Perrin's Cave Beetle EX EX
Stonemyia volutina Volutine Stoneyian Tabanid Fly EX EX
Taeniopteryx araneoides Unknown EX NE
Tischeria perplexa Chestnut Clearwing Moth EX EX
Triaenodes phalacris Athens Caddisfly EX EX
Triaenodes tridonata Three-tooth Caddisfly EX EX
Trigonoscuta rossi Fort Ross Weevil EX EX
Trigonoscuta yorbalindae Yorba Linda Weevil EX EX
Tritocleis microphylla Ola'a Peppered Looper Moth EX EX

 

Subspecies

The subjoined table shows the insect subspecies that recently became globally extinct.

Subspecies (5)
Scientific Name Common Name TSEW Status IUCN Status
Lycaena dispar dispar British Large Copper EX NE
Parnassius clodius strohbeeni Strohbeen's Parnassian EX NE
Pieris brassicae wollastoni Madeiran Large White EX CR (PE)
Speyeria adiaste atossa Atossa Fritillary EX NE
Zygaena purpuralis segontii Transparent Burnet (subspecies) EX NE

 

References

EME (2010a). California's Endangered Insects - The Graveyard - Unsilvered Fritillary. Essig Museum of Entomology, University of California, Berkeley. Downloaded on 15 August 2010 from http://essig.berkeley.edu/endins/atossa.htm.

EME (2010b). California's Endangered Insects - The Graveyard - Strohbeen's Parnassian. Essig Museum of Entomology, University of California, Berkeley. Downloaded on 15 August 2010 from http://essig.berkeley.edu/endins/pclodius.htm.

Fontaine, B. et al., (2007) The European union’s 2010 target: Putting rare species in focus. Biological Conservation 139: 167-185. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2007.06.012.

Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Lycaena dispar. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 15 August 2010.

IUCN (2010). IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.4. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 13 November 2010.

IUCN (2011). IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 25 June 2011.

Kimber, I. (2010). Transparent Burnet Zygaena purpuralis - UKMoths. Downloaded on 15 August 2010 from http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?bf=172.

Van Swaay, C., Wynhoff, I., Verovnik, R., Wiemers, M., López Munguira, M., Maes, D., Sasic, M., Verstrael, T., Warren, M. & Settele, J. 2009. Pieris wollastoni. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 15 August 2010.

Walker, M. (2010). 'Mythical' extinct fly rediscovered after 160 years. BBC Earth News, 17 September 2010. Downloaded on 20 September 2010 from http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9008000/9008585.stm .

 

Citation: Maas, P.H.J. (2011). Globally Extinct: Insects. In: TSEW (). The Sixth Extinction Website. <http://www.petermaas.nl/extinct>. Downloaded on .
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Updated: 16 September 2011

 

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