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Izatha spp.

Lichen tuft moth
I Sp L
Photo by Olivier Ball

Some of NZ's most beautiful lichen mimics.

Family
Xyloryctidae
Biostatus
Endemic
Host Plant
Variety of trees and shrubs
Larva
Feeds in dead rotten wood of trees and shrubs, making tunnels and leaving frass (droppings) held together by silk.
Pupa
Pupates in feeding place in silken cocoon.
Adult/Imago
Lichen mimics. Rest camouflaged on tree-trunks by day, fly at night. October to March. In some Izatha species, male phallus (penis) has a group of 20+ large spines that are detached and deposited in female genital tract during mating.
Forewing Length
7 - 14mm (I. peroneanella, Green Lichen Tuft); 9 - 15mm (I. churtoni).
Range
NZ
Habitat
Native forest, shrublands.

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