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Pseudocoremia indistincta Forest looper moth)

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

Pseudocoremia indistincta is a moth 15mm body length) found in New Zealand as is of the Geometridae family. The larvae feed on a Carmichaelia. (New Zealand Brooms). Larvae lack the first 2-3 pairs of prolegs. They move by extending the front of the body as far forward as possible, then bringing the rear of the body up to meet it; this is how they have gotten the name "inchworm" or "measuringworm." They pupate in loose cocoons in leaf litter.