Asaphodes chlorocapna facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsAsaphodes chlorocapna
This species was first described by Edward Meyrick in 1925 as Xanthorhoe chlorocapna using a specimen collected by Stewart Lindsay at Mangere Island, in the Chatham Islands. George Hudson discussed and illustrated the species in 1928 using the name Xanthorhoe chlorocapna. In 1987 R. C. Craw placed this species within the genus Asaphodes. The holotype specimen is held at the Canterbury Museum.
Meyrick described the species as follows:
♂︎ 24-26 mm. Head, palpi, thorax pale greyish-ochreous irrorated blackish. Antennal pectinations ten ; forewings with termen slightly bowed, rather oblique ; light smoky-grey suffusedly irrorated dark fuscous ; costal area from base to 4⁄5 rather broadly suffused pale greyish-ochreous, with groups of two antemedian, and three postmedian dark fuscous shades crossing it, but becoming obsolete downwards ; discal spot small, transverse, dark fuscous ; cilia whitish, basal half dark grey. Hind wings dark grey ; cilia whitish, basal third grey.
Biology and life cycle
Adult moths are on the wing in January.
Host plants and habitat
The larvae of this moth consume the fallen leaves of Muehlenbeckia species.
This moth is classified under the New Zealand Threat Classification system as being "At Risk, Relict".
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