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Utetheisa pulchelloides (Crimson speckled footman moth)

Kingdom:  Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class:  Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked):  Macrolepidoptera 
Superfamily: Noctuoidea 
Family: Arctiidae 
Subfamily : Arctiinae 
Tribe: Arctiini 
Genus:  Utetheisa 
Species: U. pulchelloides
Binomial name: Utetheisa pulchelloides
Common name: Crimson Speckled Footman

This heliotrope Moth is found in the Indo-Australian region including Borneo, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Papua, Seychelles and most of Australia. Adults undertake extensive and frequent migratory flights and can reach the most remote oceanic islands, and is thought to migrate to New Zealand. The larvae feed on Argusia argentea, Echium plantagineum, Heliotropium arborescens and Myosotis arvensis.

This day flying moth is found throughout New Zealand in summer but but rarely survives the winter temperatures here.