An exquisite diurnal species. Stubby green or purplish larvae feed on native daphne.
Native daphne species
Stubby green or purplish. Feeds by making leaf mines, openly on leaves.
Pupates in cocoon in sand or soil under host plant.
Size and wing patterns differ between populations. August to April. Fly by day visiting flowers. Many populations threatened by development and invasive exotic weeds in dune habitats.
9 - 13mm
North Island, north of South Island
Subalpine shrubland, coastal dunes.