The caterpillar can be recognised by the striped appearance of the rear of its head. The adult has strange tufts on the thorax which aids its twig-like camouflage.
Wide range of plants including broadleaf, torotoro, kawakawa, and kohekohe.
Rear of head striped. Feeds on forest trees, shrubs, and herbs from between spun leaves. Prefers large succulent leaves.
Pupates in or near feeding place.
Variable wing pattern. Tufts on thorax camouflage as twig. September to April. Rest on vegetation by day. Active at night, attracted to light.
10 - 16mm
North Island, plus Nelson, Buller and Westland districts of South Island.