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Trachypepla roseata
Scientific classification
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Phylum:
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Family:
Oecophoridae
Genus:
Trachypepla
Species:
T. roseata
Binomial name
Trachypepla roseata
Philpott, 1923

Trachypepla roseata is a species of moth in the family Oecophoridae. This species is endemic to New Zealand. It is classified as "Data Deficient" by the Department of Conservation.

Taxonomy

It was described by Alfred Philpott in 1923 using a specimen he collected at the Dun Mountain in Nelson in January. George Hudson had previously discovered the species in Takaka. Hudson discussed and illustrated this species in his 1928 publication The Butterflies and Moths of New Zealand. The holotype is held at the New Zealand Arthropod Collection.

Description

Philpott described the species as follows:

♂ 13 mm. Head white mixed with brown. Palpi whitish, second segment outwardly mixed with brownish-black, terminal segment with a subapical ring and some scattered scales brownish-black. Antennae brown, ciliations 1. Thorax brown mixed with white. Abdomen greyish-ochreous. Legs ochreous, tarsi banded with fuscous. Forewings moderate, apex rounded, termen oblique; greyish-brown sprinkled with dark fuscous; a small black blotch on costa at base followed by a whitish area slightly tinged with ochreous; two tufts of rosy-pink scales at about 14, the second obliquely above the first; a broad whitish band, enclosing some fuscous colouring, from costa at 25 to dorsum at 13, strongly excurved; second line thin, sharply angulated outwards beneath costa, white, anteriorly margined with black on lower 23: cilia fuscous mixed with white. Hindwings greyish-fuscous: cilia greyish-fuscous, tips whitish.

Distribution

This species is endemic to New Zealand. This species has been collected at its type locality of the Dun Mountain at a height of approximately 600 m above sea-level, at Takaka and at Wairoa Gorge, all in the Nelson and Tasman areas.

Biology and behaviour

The adults of this species are on the wing in January.

Habitat

This species frequents forest habitat.

Conservation Status

This species has been classified as having the "Data Deficient" conservation status under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.

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