Aihuka - Declana egregia - Te Reo Māori Kupu Individual
Aihuka - Declana egregia.
New Zealand Native Macro Moths - Te Reo Māori Kupu 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)
Distribution: South Island
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.
Image: B. Rhode, Landcare Research