Cabbage Tree Moth (Epiphryne verriculata)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Geometridae (jee-o-MET-rid-ee) (Info)
Genus: Epiphryne
Species: verriculata

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On Sep 16, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

The Cabbage Tree Moth ( Epiphryne verriculata) always rests lengthwise on the dead leaves of the Cabbage Tree, so that the brown lines on the insect's wings merge with the parallel veins of the leaf. The light brown colour of the moth is a similar colour to the dead leaf, making it perfectly camouflaged. Because of their cyrpsis (camouflage) you don't often see the adult moth, but the half eaten leaves are more conspicuous.
The larvae feed on the young, unopened leaves of the Cabbage Tree (Coryline australis).