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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 throughout New Zealand. during January through to March.  It rests with wing patterns 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 more strongly scalloped hind wings than Gellonia dejectaria (Brown evening moth).





Underside of male moth see feathery antennae

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