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Australian Pug Moth

Chloroclystis filata


Common native species self-introduced from Australia.The caterpillar feed on flowers of shrubs. Spotted under porch light at 9.50pm


Found throughout New Zealand.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 8 years ago
Geometrid Moth
Cleora injectaria Cleora injectaria

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bayucca 8 years ago

Checking some links I only could find one matching reference:
Glad you have now the correct ID, and I am once more wondering about the variability of all these Geometridae... Sorry for the wrong suggestion.

JillBlack 8 years ago

Bayucca your suggestion of "Geometrid Moth Cleora injectaria" turns out to be an "Australian Pug Chloroclystis filata" thanks for your suggestion though

bayucca 8 years ago

Sounds great! It is always helpful when such a suggestion is checked by real experts. For some markings I am happy, with some not. So I am really wondering what species come out at the end...

JillBlack 8 years ago

Thanks a lot bayucca for the ID will get the species name verified from moth scientist at Landcare research just to make certain :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Pretty one!

bayucca 8 years ago

One of the crazy variable Geometridae, I guess. Needs verification!! I am not 100% sure. Cleora looks in my eyes not very bad. Key focus: scalopped hindwing, strong marked band in the middle of the hindwing, whitish or creamish patch at the base of the forewing with somehow variable shape and extension. Here are some other links to compare:

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Auckland, Waikato, New Zealand

Spotted on Jan 5, 2013
Submitted on Jan 5, 2013

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