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Moths

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera

A moth is an insect related to the butterfly, both being of the order Lepidoptera. Most of this order are moths; there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moths (nearly ten times the number of species of butterfly, with thousands of species yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are crepuscular (are active primarily during twilight (i.e. dawn and dusk) and diurnal (daily) species. Some moths, and particularly their caterpillars, are a major agricultural pest in many parts of the world.

The moths below are photographed as they are usually seen when at rest.


Apple looper (Phrissogonus laticostata)


Agrotis innominata        


Antiscopa epicomia 


Arrowhead (Diasemia grammalis)


Astelia zig-zag (Charixena iridoxa)


Atomotricha sordida


Female                    Male
Australian Bagmoth (Cebysa leucotelus)


Female                            Male
Australian pug (Chloroclystis filata


Azalea leafminer (Caloptilia azaleella)


Bagworm moth (Lepidoscia protorna)


Bag Moth (Liothula omnivora)

 
      Female                                                     Male
Barred Pink Carpet (Xanthorhoe semifissata)


Black-lyre Leafroller (Cnephasia jactatana
)


Bityla defigurata    


Black Monopis moth (Monopis ethelella)


Brown Evening (Gellonia dejectaria)


Brown House Moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella)


Cabbage Tree (Epiphryne verriculata)


Cabbage Looper (Trichoplusia ni)


Chalastra pellurgata


Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaeae)


Cocksfoot moth (Glyphipterix simpliciella)


Common Carpet (Epyaxa rosearia)


Common Fern looper (Sestra flexata)


Common Forest Looper (Declana feredayi)


Common Forest Looper (Pseudocoremia suavis)


Crimson speckled Footman (Utetheisa pulchelloides vaga)


Currant clearwing (Synanthedon tipuliformis)


Curved-horn moths (Superfamily: Gelechioidea)  


Dark coprosma carpet moth (Austrocidaria similata)


Diamondback (Plutella xylostella)  


Eastern Streaked Plusia (Ctenoplusia albostriata)


Erechthias chionodira


Eudonia chlamydoata    


Eudonia leptalea


Eudonia minualis


Epyaxa lucidata  


Fern looper (Sestra flexata)

 male  female
Five finger looper (Xyridacma alectoraria)


Flax Window Maker (Orthoclydon praefectata)


Forest Semilooper (Declana floccosa)


Forest Semilooper (Declana niveata


Forest looper (Pseudocoremia indistincta)


Forest looper (Pseudocoremia leucelaea)


Forest looper (Pseudocoremia rudisata)


Fungus Moth (Archyala genus) unnamed


Fungi moth (Erechthias capnitis)  


Graphania ustistriga 


Geometer moths (Family: Geometridae) Emerald moths


Glaucocharis lepidella


Gorse pod moth (Cydia succedana)


Graphania lignana


Grass moths,(Crambidae family)


Grass moth (Orocrambus apicellus)


Grass (Common) Orocrambus flexuosellus


Grass moth (Proternia philocapna)


Grass moth (Scoparia halopis)


Grass moth (Scoparia minusculalis)


Greasy Cutworm (Agrotis ipsilon)   


Greenheaded leafroller (Planotortrix excessana)


Grey-brown Cutworm (Graphania mutans)  

 
Green garden looper (Chrysodeixis eriosoma)


Gum Emperor (Opodiphthera eucalypti)


Guava moth (Coscinoptycha improbana)


Hebe moth (Pasiphila lunata)


Helastia cinerearia


Helastia corcularia


Helastia semisignata


Kamahi green spindle (Tatosoma tipulata)


Kawakawa Looper (Cleora scriptaria)


Kowhai (Uresiphita maorialis)


Indian meal moth (Plodia interpunctella)


Leafminer (Pyroderces apparitella)


Leafroller (Family:Tortricidae) 


Lesser Brown Evening (Gellonia pannularia)


Leuroperna sera


Lichen tuft moth (Izatha epiphanes)


Lichen tuft moth (Izatha mesoschista)


Lichen tuff moth (Izatha peroneanella)

 
Light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana)


Northern Armyworm (Mythimna separate


North Island Lichen (Declana atronivea)


Northern Wattle (Dasypodia cymatoide)


NZ Tropical Armyworm (Spodoptera litura)


Magpie (Nyctemera annulata)


Mahoe Stripper (Feredayia graminosa)


Metalmark moth (Tebenna micalis)


Musotima nitidalis


Pasiphila (Genus)


Plantain moth (Scopula rubraria)


Plume moth (Amblyptilia falcatalis) Brown plume moth 


Plume moth (Amblyptilia repletalis)


Plume moth (Pterophorus furcatalis) 


Plume moth (Pterophorus monospilalis)



Poecilasthena pulchraria


Pohuehue moth (Meterana alcyone)


Pome Looper (Pasiphilodes testulata)


Porina (Wiseana species)


Porina (Porina moth) Wiseana copularis


Porina (Sand Porina) Wiseana signata


Porina (Bog Porina) Wiseana umbraculatus


Poroporo fruit borer (Leucinodes cordalis)


Puriri (Aenetus virescen)s 


Scar Bank gem (Ctenoplusia limbirena) 


Scoparia ustimacula


Senecio leaf miner (Stigmella ogygia)


Shining Scopari (Scoparia diptheralis)


Slender burnished brass (Thysanoplusia orichalcea)


Slender Owlet (Rhapsa scotosialis)


Small hooked tip looper (Homodotis megaspilata)


Spotted manuka (Declana leptomera)


Sod webworm (Eudonia sabulosella)


Sod Webworm moth (Eudonia submarginalis)


Swan plant moth (Glyphodes onychinali )


Tachystola acroxantha


Tarata looper (Xyridacma ustaria)


Tingena genus (Concealer Moth)


Tomato fruitworm (Helicoverpa armigera)


Tortix moths (Tortricidae family) Unidentified


Trachypepla euryleucota


Udea pantheropa


White-shouldered House moth (Endrosis sarcitrella)