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Zealandofannia mystacina Domínguez & Pont

New Zealand Bat Fly (Zealandofannia mystacina)

This species was described in 2014.

The New Zealand Bat Fly is about 0,35 cm long and mainly black colored.

The larvae feed on the guano of the endemic New Zealand Short-tailed Bat (Mytscina tuberculata Gray). [1]

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References:

[1] M. C. Domínguez; A. C. Pont: Fanniidae (Insecta: Diptera). Fauna of New Zealand 71. 2014

Olearia lyallii Hook. f.

Olearia lyallii

Distribution:

New Zealand: Ewing Island (Auckland Islands); Codfish Island; Muttonbird Islands; Snares Islands; Big Solander Island (Solander Islands), Stewart Island; Big Island, Chimneys Island, Kundy Island, Poutama Island, Putauhina Island (Titi Islands)

local names: –

Xyridacma alectoraria (Walker)

Five Finger Looper Moth (Xyridacma alectoraria)

Distribution:

New Zealand: Codfish Island; Otamahua Island; North Island; South Island

local names:

puareare – New Zealand

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The Five Finger Looper Moth, described in 1860, is endemic to New Zealand where it appears to be quite common.

The vernacular name refers to the food plant of its caterpillars, native species of five finger (Pseudopanax spp.).

The species reaches a wingspan of about 4 cm, the male is bright yellow and bears two spots on each wing, which vary from whitish to brown, the female is less colorful and bears fewer markings on its wings.

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female

male

Photos: Birgit E. Rhode, Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd.

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edited: 22.12.2018

Xyridacma ustaria Walker

Tarata Looper Moth (Xyridacma ustaria

Distribution:

New Zealand: Codfish Island; North Island; South Island

local names: –

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The Tarata Looper moth was described in 1863, the species is endemic to New Zealand where it appears to quite common.

Adult Tarata Looper Moths have a wingspan of about 4 cm, they are very variably colored and marked.

The caterpillars of this species feed on the leaves of the tarata (Pittosporum eugenioides A. Cunn.) and the kohuhu (Pittosporum tenuifolium Gaertn.), and very likely also of other species of this genus.

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xyridacma-ustaria-doho

Photo: Donald Hobern
https://www.inaturalist.org/people/dhobern

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edited: 22.12.2018