This diurnal moth is butterfly-like in its behaviour. The pinkish hue of the hindwings fades quickly.
Slender 'loopers' (2 pairs of prolegs at the end of the abdomen that curve and straighten to move). Feeds on herbaceous hosts.
Pupates in a cocoon in ground detritus.
Pinkish hindwings fade to brown. Varying black speckling on forewings and hindwings. October to May. Flies in sunshine. Attracted to light at night.
9 - 11.5mm
North Island, South Island down to Otago.
Pasture, roadsides, grasslands, weedy places.