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Izatha epiphanes (Lichen moth)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Oecophoridae
Genus: Izatha
Species: I. epiphanes
Binomial name: Izatha epiphanes
Synonyms: Semiocosma epiphanies
Common name:  Lichen moth

Izatha epiphanes is a moth of the Oecophoridae family. It is endemic to New Zealand, where it is widespread throughout the North Island. A small sized moth. The forewings are patterned and the hindwings plain. The wingspan is 17–25 mm for males and 18.5–28 mm for females. Adults are on wing from late October to February.
Larvae have been reared from dead wood of Pittosporum tenuifolium and Fuchsia excorticata and dead standing wood of a Coprosma species (probably Coprosma grandifolia).

 

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