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Pseudocoremia rudisata (Forest looper moth)

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera
Family:      Geometridae
Genus:      Pseudocoremia
Species:     P. rudisata
Scientific name: Pseudocoremia rudisata

Pseudocoremia rudisata is a large nocturnal moth found throughout New Zealand.
This species contains two allopatric (occurring in separate, non-overlapping geographic areas) subspecies (rudisata: ampia Hudson, 1923) that are both widespread and common. The larvae are oligophagous (eating only a few specific kinds of food) within Asteraceae on Olearia generally (5 species reported), Ozothamnus, Brachyglottis and Helichrysum lanceolatum.

Moth (male) ar rest. Photographed in New Plymouth January


Female December New Plymouth.

Female October New Plymouth

Wings are spread, Photographed Broken Hill Mine area, Coromandel. February