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Gellonia pannularia (Lesser brown evening moth)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Ennominae
Genus: Gellonia
Species: Gellonia pannularia
Common name: Lesser brown evening moth

Gellonia pannularia is a native moth (4.5 cm wingspan)  found throught New Zealand. during January through to March.  It rests with wing paterens lined up for camouflage. The caterpillars eat the leaves of pine and many native trees. Thanks to Andrew Crow and his book "Which New Zealand Insect?" for the above information.
Gellonia pannularia has strongly scalloped hind wings. Another distinguishing feature is a fine black line that is on the underside of the wings of Gellonia pannularia which is absent in Gellonia dejectaria (Brown evening moth)





Underside of male moth see feathery antennae

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