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Asaphodes ida
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Scientific classification
  • Xanthorhoe ida Clarke, 1926

Asaphodes ida is a species of moth in the family Geometridae. It is endemic to New Zealand. This moth can be found in upland or alpine habitat in Canterbury and Otago. Although not classified under the New Zealand Threat Classification system this species is regarded as rare.


This species was described by Charles E. Clarke in 1926 as Xanthorhoe ida using material collected by George Howes in February at Eweburn Stream, Mount Ida in Canterbury. George Hudson discussed and illustrated this species as Xanthorhoe ida in 1928. In 1987 Robin C. Craw, after considering the genital structure of this species, proposed assigning this species to the genus Asaphodes. In 1988 John S. Dugdale agreed with this proposal. The holotype specimen is held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.


Clarke described the species as follows:

♂. 24 mm. Head, palpi, and thorax grey-fuscous. Antennae fuscous, pectinations 6. Abdomen grey-fuscous. Forewings elongate-triangular, costa outwardly rounded, apex bluntly pointed, termen slightly sinuate, oblique; brown-ocherous with admixture of reddish, lines white; an irregular wide transverse band at 14, outwardly convex in middle, slightly reddish with narrow white edges on either side; at 34 a transverse dentate white line with largest dentations outwardly about middle; reddish beyond this and then darkening into brown-ochreous towards termen; a blackish discal dot; subterminal line dentate, white, inwardly edged with dark brown: cilia dark fuscous. Hindwings dark grey-ochreous on inner half, externally lighter ochreous, crenulate markings along termen: cilia dark fuscous.


Asaphodes ida AMNZ21823-a
Holotype specimen

This species is endemic to New Zealand. It is found in the Ida Range in Canterbury as well as the Hawkdun Range in Central Otago. This moth is regarded as being rare.

Biology and life cycle

A. ida is on the wing in February.

Habitat and host plant

A. ida frequents upland or alpine wetland habitat at between 800 and 1,100 meters in altitude.

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