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Native Looper

Scientific Name
Epyaxa rosearia
Scientific Author
Doubleday, 1843
Taxonomy
(Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Larentiinae: Xanthorhoini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Endemic
NZ - Endemic
Reliability
High
High
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LEP27
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Caroline Harding MAF
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult

Forewing colour sexually dimorphic but nearly always with a broad median band (often obscure), band broadest at costa and at its centre. Female forewing colour variable (range: dull gold, dull yellowish grey, greyish green, ochreous-brown I rosy brown) and yellowish forms with scattered dark scales; hindwing colour tending more rosy ochreous or grey than in forewing; antenna dominantly ochreous, near-filiform; ovipositor tip usually visible. Male forewing colour variable (range: ochreous-brown, rosy brown, purplish brown, grey-brown), median band colour often darker on projecting edges immediately above midline and inner line tending sinuate; hindwing usually rosy ochreous or greyish brown and transverse lines weak except towards tornus; antenna strongly bipectinate, pectinations held rather straight; abdomen strongly tufted apically.

References

- White, E.G. (2002). New Zealand Tussock Grassland Moths: A Taxonomic and Ecological Handbook Based on Light-trapping Studies in Canterbury. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln, 362 pp.
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Specimen Contact
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
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MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
26/07/2011 08:45 AEST
Last Updated
30/03/2014 22:12 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Native Looper (Epyaxa rosearia) Updated on 3/30/2014 10:12:55 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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