Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Owl moth or peacock moth

Dasypodia cymatodes Guenée

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae

Size range

  • Large moth, wingspan 70 mm


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

Life History

  • Caterpillars feed on wattle leaves, pupation under bark of wattles.

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