Tatosoma lestevata, with its gorgeous green colouring and distinct wavy lines (four on each forewing), seemed to embody the lush forest and rough seas of the West Coast. Often seen feeding on tutu (Coriaria).
Native trees including tutu (Coriaria).
Stout, green, sluggish. Feeds on host foliage.
Pupates in cocoon in ground detritus.
Green wings with four wavy lines on each forewing. The male has an elongated abdomen (Tatosoma means 'long body') that likely evolved to impress female during courtship. September to March. Rests on mossy tree trunks by day. Flies at night, attracted to light.
15 - 18mm