Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Owl moth caterpillar

Dasypodia cymatodes GuenÈe

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae

Size range

  • Up to 60 mm long


  • Australian
  • Two similar species: D.cymatodes, usually north of Nelson; D. selenophora throughout New Zealand but commoner in South Island

Life History

  • Large moth, wingspan 70 mm
  • Caterpillars feed on wattle leaves, pupation under bark of wattles

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