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Orocrambus heliotes (Wetland orange moth)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Crambidae
Genus: Orocrambus
Species: O. heliotes
Binomial name: Orocrambus heliotes
Synonym: Crambus heliotes
Common name: Wetland orange moth

Orocrambus heliotes is a moth in the Crambidae family. It is found in New Zealand, where it common over pristine upland sedge-filled wetlands in both the South Island and North Island. The habitat consists of swampy tussock grasslands and margins of slow-moving streams. Adults have been recorded from early November to early February.
Orocrambus heliotes has a wingspan is 14–17 mm for males and 15–20 mm for females. The larvae feed on the following species of moss: Sphagnum, Funaria and Breutelia. They also feed on the rush Juncus bufonius (Toad rush)



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