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Stathmopoda endotherma
Scientific classification
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Family:
Stathmopodidae
Genus:
Stathmopoda
Species:
S. endotherma
Binomial name
Stathmopoda endotherma
Meyrick, 1931

Stathmopoda endotherma is a species of moth in the family Stathmopodidae. It is endemic to New Zealand. It is classified as "At Risk, Naturally Uncommon" by the Department of Conservation.

Taxonomy

This species was described by Edward Meyrick in 1931 using a specimen collected at Little River, Banks Peninsula in January by Stewart Lindsay. George Hudson discussed and illustrated the species in his 1939 book A supplement to the butterflies and moths of New Zealand. The holotype specimen is held at the Canterbury Museum.

Description

Meyrick described the species as follows:

♀︎. 13-14mm. Head, palpi brassy-whitish-ochreous. Thorax pale brassy-orange-ochreous. Forewings rather narrow, long-pointed ; bronze-grey ; an orange basal mark from costa to fold ; dorsal area as far as fold orange mixed ferruginous, slightly tinged grey near base ; an obscure suffused ferruginous supramedian streak from 15 to beyond middle ; cilia light bronzy-grey. Hindwings grey ; cilia light grey.

Distribution

This species is endemic to New Zealand. As well as the type locality, this species has also been collected at Akaroa, Riccarton Bush, Prices Valley at Banks Peninsula, Klondyke Corner at Arthurs Pass National Park, McQuilkans Creek at Swampy Summit near Dunedin, and Dunsdale Scenic Reserve in Southland.

Biology and life cycle

This species is on the wing between late October and January.

Host species and habitat

As this moth belongs to the genus Stathmopoda its larvae, like those of other species in the genus, may feed on scale insects. The preferred habitat of this species is indigenous forest.

Conservation Status

This species has been classified as having the "At Risk, Naturally Uncommon" conservation status under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.

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