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Trachypepla euryleucota

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Oecophoridae
Genus: Trachypepla
Species: T. euryleucota
Binomial name: Trachypepla euryleucota

Trachypepla euryleucota is a small, 8mm body length moth of the Oecophoridae family (Concealer moths). It is found thoughout New Zealand. It is thought that when adults sit at rest its white head, thorax, and basal portion of wings are of protective value by reason of their resemblance to an opening Leptospermum scoparium bud (Manuka).
Larvae have been found feeding on bird nest debris.