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Chalastra aristarcha

Ca L
Photo by Olivier Ball

This moth's beautiful colouration lends it a protective resemblance to the dead fronds of its host plant, the silver fern/ponga.

Family
Geometridae
Biostatus
Endemic
Host Plant
Silver fern/ponga
Larva
Green with dark dorsal blotches before last moult. Feeds on silver fern fronds.
Pupa
Pupates in moss or ground detritus.
Adult/Imago
Colouration mimics silver fern fronds. October to April. Rests on silver fern foliage by day. Flies from dusk visiting flowers, attracted to light.
Forewing Length
14.5 - 20mm
Range
North Island
Habitat
Native forest.

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