Aihuka - Declana egregia - Science Individual Badge
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Aihuka - Declana egregia - Science Individual Badge

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Aihuka - Declana egregia.

New Zealand Native Macro Moths - Science series

Declana egregia is a Geometrid of strikingly beautiful patterns. We choose this beautiful moth as the spokesMoth for Puka Whakamārama o te Pepe Nui - Te Taurapa (the Southern South Island Beginners' Guide to Macro moths).

Family: Geometridae (Pepe Tāwhana)

Status: Endemic

Distribution: South Island

Habitat: Mountain

Food plants: Mountain Five Finger (Pseudopanax colensoi)

Guides: Te Taurapa, Te Tahiwi

The snowy-white of chocolate brown reminded us of the southern frosts over rich deep soils of the Southland plains. Declana egregia of course uses the colourings and patterning of its wings as camoflage against a lichen back drop. Also know as the South Island Lichen Moth  or the South Island Zebra Moth Declana egregia features on the New Zealand $100 bill.

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Image: B. Rhode, Landcare Research