Tag Archives: Oecophoridae

Thyrocopa apatela (Walsingham)

Flightless Haleakala Moth (Thyrocopa apatela)

The Haleakala Flightless Moth, also named as Grasshopper Moth, lives in the alpine zones of the Haleakala volcano.

Both sexes of this unconspicuous, about 1,5 cm long moth species have short wings and are flighless. They flutter in the wind, resembling dried leaves and are blown to appropriate deposits of organic debris, that have accumulated in rock crevices, where they mate and lay eggs.

The larvae can be found under large rocks, where the build web nests and where they feed on dried leaves and other organic debris.


Photo: Kim Starr & Forest Starr; by courtesy of Kim Starr & Forest Starr


Izatha blepharidota Hoare

Eyelash Lichen Tuft Moth (Izatha blepharidota)

This species was described in the year 2010.

The Eyelash Lichen Tuft Moth reaches a wingspan of about 2,3 to 2,6 cm, and seems to be confined to the northern part of New Zealand’s North Island.

The caterpillars feed on the wood of dead branches and twigs of various native plant species, including tutu (Coriaria arborea Linds.), kanuka (Kunzea ericioides (A. Rich.) Joy. Thomps.), horoeka (Pseudopanax crassifolius (Sol. ex A. Cunn.) C. Koch), and kareao (Ripogonum scandens J. R. Forst. & G. Forst.). [1]



[1] Robert J. B. Hoare: Izatha (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Gelechioidea: Oecophoridae). Fauna of New Zealand 65. 2010