Girish Mahajan

Epiphryne verriculata

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Geometridae
Scientific name  Epiphryne verriculata
Rank  Species
Class  Insecta
Genus  Epiphryne
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Butterflies and moths
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Similar  Pseudocoremia, Nyctemera annulata, Uresiphita polygonalis, Graphania, Liothula omnivora

Epiphryne verriculata, the cabbage tree moth, is a moth of the Geometridae family. It is found in New Zealand.


The wingspan is about 40 mm.

At night caterpillars feed on the new and unopened leaves of Cordyline australis.

Distribution and habitat

The moth is widely distributed throughout New Zealand. Has been collected occasionally in Riccarton Bush, Christchurch.

  • 1859-1885 Fereday, Meyrick
  • 1920-1945 Lindsay, Heighway and Tonnoir
  • 1980-1988 Muir and Dugdale
  • The habitat/foodplant for this moth is the cabbage tree ( Cordyline spp).


    Eggs are bright green and are laid on the leaves in parallel rows in autumn and spring.


    The caterpillar is green with red and dark brown lines. When fully grown it is approximately 2.5 cm long.


    Adults are seen April through to October.


    Epiphryne verriculata Wikipedia

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