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Diarsia intermixta

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Photo by Olivier Ball

Now throughout NZ, it is found year-round and will be attracted by light.

Family
Noctuidae
Biostatus
Native
Host Plant
Wide range of low-growing plants, including nettle, Cape weed, turnip.
Larva
Feeds on low-growing plants.
Pupa
Pupates in leaf litter on ground.
Adult/Imago
Colour varies from pale yellowish brown to blackish brown. Head distinctly paler than thorax. Australasian bird-dropping spider Celaenia excavata lures male moths by exuding sex pheremone that mimics female D. intermixta. Found all year. Flies at night, attracted to light.
Forewing Length
14 - 18mm
Range
NZ
Habitat
Native forest, shrubland, parks, gardens.

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