Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Kawakawa looper damage

Cleora scriptaria Walker

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae

Size range

  • Wingspan of moth 40–50 mm


  • Native, found throughout New Zealand

Life History

  • Caterpillars feed nocturnally on leaves of Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsa) and other native shrubs including ake–ake (Dodonaea viscosa) and horopito (Pseudowintera)
  • Most kawakawa plants have holes in the leaves made by these caterpillars

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