Austrocidaria arenosa facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsAustrocidaria arenosa
This species was first described by George Howes in 1911 using specimens collected at Mr O'Connors house at Titahi Bay, Porirua and given the name Eucymatoge arenosus. George Vernon Hudson discussed and illustrated this species in his 1928 publication. Hudson changed its epithet to arenosa. In 1988 John S. Dugdale discussed this change and assigned the species to a new genus Austrocidaria. The holotype specimen is held at the Natural History Museum, London.
Howes described the adult moths of the species as follows:
Male and female, 26 lines. Head and thorax whitish-ochre, slightly touched with grey. Abdomen whitish-ochre with black bar interrupted in centre on apex of all segments. All wings whitish-ochreous, crossed by waved darker striae. A slight darker suffusion from apex towards centre of forewing. Cilia greyish-white, with a darker-grey line at base. A series of minute black marks along veins and around termen.
Biology and life cycle
This species is attracted to blossoms, sugar and light. Adult moths are on the wing between November and March.
This moth is classified under the New Zealand Threat Classification system as being "At Risk, Declining".
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