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Asaphodes limonodes
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Scientific classification
  • Epyaxa limonodes Meyrick, 1888
  • Xanthorhoe limonodes (Meyrick, 1888)
  • Larentia limonodes (Meyrick, 1887)

Asaphodes limonodes is a species of moth in the family Geometridae. It is endemic to New Zealand.


This species was described by Edward Meyrick in 1888 as Epyaxa limonodes using material collected by George Hudson in Wellington. Hudson discussed and illustrated this species in 1898 as Xanthorhoe limonodes. He also discussed and illustrated this moth under this same name in his 1928 book The Butterflies and Moths of New Zealand. In 1971 John S. Dugdale placed this species within the genus Asaphodes. The lectotype specimen is held at the Natural History Museum, London.


Meyrick described the species as follows:

Male. — 25-26 mm. Head and thorax light ochreous-yellowish, somewhat sprinkled with dark fuscous. Palpi fuscous. Antennae pale greyish-ochreous. Abdomen pale yellow-ochreous, segmental margins dotted with blackish. Legs dark fuscous, apex of joints pale yellowish, posterior pair suffused with whitish-yellowish. Forewings with costa strongly arched on posterior half, hindmargin sinuate, somewhat oblique; light ochreous-yellowish; a basal patch of closely placed fuscous transverse lines; four series of white dots on veins, preceded and followed by black dots; first curved, within edge of basal patch; second from 13 of costa to 25 of inner margin, followed by two fuscous lines; third front beyond 23 of costa to 34 of inner margin, rather angulated in middle, sinuate inwards above middle, preceded by three obscure fuscous lines coalescing to form a small cloudy dark patch above middle; all fuscous lines terminating in black dots on costa; a black discal dot in middle; fourth series subterminal; a subtriangular dark fuscous blotch on hindmargin beneath apex; cilia light ochreous-yellowish, tips white. Hindwings and cilia wholly pale whitish-ochreous.


This species is endemic to New Zealand. This species has been found in both the North and South Islands at Waimarino, Ohakune, Mount Taranaki, Wellington, Buller River, Otira, Poherua and Lake Wakatipu.

Biology and life cycle

This species is on the wing from November until March.

Habitat and host plant

A. limonodes prefers damp forest habitat.

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