Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Woolly bear caterpillar

Nyctemera annulata Boisduval

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Arctiidae

Size range

  • Up to 25 mm long


  • New Zealand native, but a similar species, Nyctemera amica (White), from Australia also occurs, and they interbreed here

Life History

  • Medium–sized moth, wingspan 45 mm
  • Day–flying moth
  • Caterpillar feeds on plants of the daisy family, e.g. ragwort and cineraria

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