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Elvia glaucata

Eg L
Photo by Olivier Ball

An exquisite lichen mimic, with the wing colour varying from dark bluish to sea green or straw yellow with green or blue markings.

Family
Geometridae
Biostatus
Endemic
Host Plant
Bush lawyer
Larva
Stout green or pinkish. Feeds on bush lawyer. Clings to host stem when not feeding.
Pupa
Likely pupates in ground detritus at plant base.
Adult/Imago
Lichen mimic with variable colouring (dark blue hue to sea-green/straw-yellow with green or blue markings; sometimes rust-coloured patches on forewing and abdomen tip). August to March. Flies from dusk, attracted to light.
Forewing Length
10 - 13mm
Range
NZ
Habitat
Native forest.

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