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Taxonomy and etymology
This species was described by Robert J. B. Hoare in 2010. I. voluptuosa was first collected by George Hudson at Ohakune in January 1912. However the species was misidentified. Hudson illustrated the species in his 1928 book The butterflies & moths of New Zealand. The holotype specimen is held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. This species is, along with the species I. attactella and I. blepharidota, monophyletic. The epithet is obtained from the Latin word voluptuosus and refers to the large size and broad wings of the female of this species.
The larvae of I. voluptuose have yet to be described.
The wingspan is 29–31 mm for males and 33–40 mm for females. The female of this species has the greatest wingspan of gelechioid moths in New Zealand. The species appears similar to I. attactella and I. blepharidota. I. voluptuose can be distinguished from I. attactella as I. voluptuose has a wider forewing, has less conspicuous scale-tufts, and a shorter dark basal streak. I. voluptuose can be distinguished from I. blepharidota as the veins on the forewings of I. voluptuosa are similar to the colour of the rest of the wing.
Biology and behaviour
Adults are on wing from November to February with the moths being most prevalent in January and February.
Host species and habitat
Larvae have been reared from rotten logs including those of Weinmannia racemosa.
This species has been classified as being "Not Threatened" under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.
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