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Pseudocoremia fenerata (NZ forest looper)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Tribe: Boarmiini
Genus: Pseudocoremia
Species: P. fenerata
Binomial name: Pseudocoremia fenerata
Synonyms: Selidosema enerata

Pseudocoremia fenerata is a moth of the Geometridae family. It is found only New Zealand occurring throughout New Zealand. It is rare in the extreme south. 
The forewings of the male are a very pale, slightly yellowish-brown, whilst those of the female are pale grey. Several dark, jagged lines cross the wing including a double one close to the outside edge. Beyond this line, almost on the edge of the wing, is a row of dark spots. The hindwings are almost white and sometimes have a series of faint dark spots around the outside edge. The body is similar in colour to the forewing, with the abdomen of the male being somewhat longer and slimmer than that of the female. The antennae of the male are comb-like while those of the female are whip-like. The wingspan is 27–34 mm.

Recorded food plants of Pseudocoremia fenerata green, looper caterpillars include The known native hosts of its larvae are Agathis australis (kauri), Halocarpus bidwillii (bog pine), H. biformis (pink pine), D. cupressinum (rimu), Phyllocladus alpinus (mountain toatoa), P. trichomanoides (tanekaha), Prumnopitys ferruginea (miro), and Podocarpus totara (totara). Exotic hosts are Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Lawson cypress), Cryptomeria japonica (Japanese cedar), Larix decidua (European larch), L. kaempferi (Japanese larch), eleven species of Pinus (pine) including P. radiata (radiata pine), Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir), Sequoia sempervirens (coast redwood), and Thuja plicata (western red cedar). 
Thanks to New Zealand Farm Forestry Association website for text an information. http://www.nzffa.org.nz 




The underside.

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