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Hydiomena deltoidata

Hd L
Photo by Olivier Ball

Blackish larvae feed on plantains and possibly other herbaceous plants.

Family
Geometridae
Biostatus
Endemic
Host Plant
Herbaceous plants, e.g. plantain.
Larva
Black. Feeds on host plants.
Pupa
Pupates in a cocoon in detritus or soil.
Adult/Imago
Varying forewing colour and pattern. Males have longer, narrower forewings, with scent scales at the end of their abdomen. November to March. May fly or be disturbed from vegetation by day. Attracted to light at night. Numbers have declined since the 19th century.
Forewing Length
14 - 18mm
Range
NZ
Habitat
Native forest edges and clearings, shrublands, open areas.

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