This striking species can be easily recognised by the black and white forewing pattern and the yellow longitudinal streaks. The most unusual feature is the pair of prismatic areas on either side of the central black and yellow spot, as well as other colours.
Feeds on moss. Shelters in moss cushion base.
Pupates in a cocoon within moss.
Forewing black and white with yellow longitudinal streaks. Prismatic areas (pearly blue, green, silver or gold) beside central black and yellow spot. October to May. Flies at night, attracted to light.
10 - 13mm
North Island, most of South Island.
Forest clearings, parks, gardens, grasslands.