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Epyaxa rosearia (New Zealand Looper)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Epyaxa
Species: E. rosearia
Binomial name: Epyaxa rosearia
Common name: New Zealand Looper, Common Carpet (because wing patterns look like a carpet)

Epyaxa rosearia is a common New Zealand native looper moth. Like many geometrids it has slender abdomens and broad wings which are usually held flat with the hind wings visible. Width across wings 25mm, 10mm body length..
As such it appears rather butterfly-like but in most respects they are typical moths: they fly at night all year round.
They tend to blend in to the background, often with intricate, wavy patterns on their wings.
Not much is known about the species, but the larvae seem to feed on the leaves of Trifolium caucasicum (Red clover), nasturtium and marigolds.

A male. The feathery antennae are just visable.


This moth often sit with wings held together.


Photos below are of male and female Epyaxa rosearia with different wing patterns and colours.

Female


Female


Female


Male


Male


Female


Male


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The underside of a male moth.

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