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Declana egregia

South Island lichen moth
De L.
Photo by Brian Patrick

This moth has fewer and coarser wing markings than the North Island lichen moth.

Family
Geometridae
Biostatus
Endemic
Host Plant
Pseudopanax spp.
Larva
Well-camouflaged, resembling a small bird dropping when young and a Pseudopanax fruit when older. 30mm long.
Pupa
On the forest floor in a loosely spun cocoon encrusted with dirt.
Adult/Imago
Dark brown patches on a silver background. Adults can be seen resting on tree trunks, well disguised amongst lichen.
Forewing Length
30mm
Overwinters
As a cocoon.
Range
Wherever Pseudopanax is common in the South Island and on Stewart Island.
Photo by Brian Patrick

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