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Austrocidaria gobiata

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Larentiinae
Tribe: Xanthorhoini
Genus: Austrocidaria
Species: A. gobiata
Binominal name: Austrocidaria gobiata

Austrocidaria gobiata is an uncommon large-sized native moth (> 4 cm wingspan) of New Zealand's montane to coastal areas. To date (2017)only a few have been reported from Taranaki, Raglan, Waikato, Northland, Gisborne, Coromandel, Reefton, Christchurch, Central Southland, Bluff.
The adult moths are on the wing from September to January.
Austrocidaria gobiata larvae feed on the leaves small leaved Coprosma.

Male moth photographed at Oromahoe, Northland (November)

A male moth




A female moth.


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