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Orthoclydon praefectata

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Photo by Olivier Ball

With its large size and silky white wings, this is a distinctive species.

Family
Geometridae
Biostatus
Endemic
Host Plant
Flax (both species)
Larva
Flattened shape. Feeds on both flax species. Rests at plant base in daytime, makes slot-like windows under leaves at night.
Pupa
Pupates in detritus at plant base.
Adult/Imago
Silky white wings, occasionally with brownish suffusion. Rarely seen as adult. September to March. Flies from dusk, attracted to light.
Forewing Length
14 - 20mm
Range
NZ
Habitat
Wetlands, shrublands, coastal areas, forest edges and clearings, subalpine scrub.

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