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Cabbage tree moth

Epiphryne verriculata
Photo thanks to Nicholas Martin, Plant and FOod
Photo by Nicholas Martin

This moth is found throughout the country wherever Cordyline spp (or cabbage trees) are found.

Host Plant
Cabbage trees, Cordyline species.
Laid in rows, mainly on the underside of fronts, or near the base of dead leaves. Green when first laid, but turn brown and then red. 14 days.
Green caterpillars, loopers make their way to the crown, grazing the surface of young leaves and then holes/notches out of the sides of young leaves. This damage is not detected until the leaves unfurl. 25 mm
Silk-lined cocoon in a sheltered site such as the base of dead leaves, in crevices in trees or leaf litter. Pupa has a long hook at its rear end.
Pale brown wings. In the daytime moths rest on dead cabbage tree leaves. Male moths have feathery antennae with a large number of sensory cells.
Forewing length
13-20 mm
Throughout NZ, very common in native gardens and forest, wetlands and parks.

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