Asaphodes adonis

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Asaphodes adonis
Asaphodes adonis male.jpg
Asaphodes adonis female.jpg
Scientific classification
A. adonis
Binomial name
Asaphodes adonis
(Hudson, 1898)[1]
  • Xanthorhoe adonis Hudson, 1898

Asaphodes adonis is a species of moth in the family Geometridae.[2] It is endemic to New Zealand.[1][3]


This species was first described by George Vernon Hudson in 1898 under the name Xanthorhoe adonis.[4]


A. adonis has vivid green forewings with dark coloured broad wavy lines edged with white which form a distinctive pattern.[4] The hind wings are a pale orange shaded brown.[4] This species can be distinguished from its close relative Asaphodes beata by the colour of its hind wings.[5]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

A. adonis have been observed at Castle Hill and Lake Wakatipu,[4] Lake Harris track,[6] Bold Peak in Otago,[7] Mt Aspiring Station,[8] and in the Te Anau Ecological District.[9]

This species is regarded as uncommon and is found in forest at altitudes of between 300 and 1200 metres.[4][7]

Life cycle[edit]

Adults are on the wing in January and February.[4][7]

Host plant[edit]

Larvae of A. adonis have been reared on species of Ranunculus.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "NZOR Name Details - Asaphodes adonis (Hudson, 1898)". Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ Dugdale, J. S. (1988). "Lepidoptera - annotated catalogue, and keys to family-group taxa" (PDF). Fauna of New Zealand. 14: 171. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  3. ^ Gordon, Dennis P., ed. (2010). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity. Volume two. Kingdom animalia : chaetognatha, ecdysozoa, ichnofossils. Vol. 2. Christchurch, N.Z.: Canterbury University Press. p. 458. ISBN 9781877257933. OCLC 973607714.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Hudson, G. V. (1898). New Zealand moths and butterflies (Macro-lepidoptera). London: West, Newman & Co. p. 63. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.7912 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  5. ^ Meyrick, E (1908). "Notes and descriptions of New Zealand lepidoptera". Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. 41: 6 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  6. ^ Hudson, G. V. (1906). "On entomology of the Routeburn Valley". Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. 39: 202 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  7. ^ a b c Hamilton, H. (1911). "Notes on entomological collecting tours during the seasons 1908-1909 and 1909-1910". Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. 43: 123 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  8. ^ Mt Aspiring Station Conservation Resources Report Part 1 (Report). Department of Conservation. November 2005. p. 34. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  9. ^ Mcrea, Amber (12 April 2016). "Asaphodes adonis Observed by amber_mcrae February 2, 2016". NaturewatchNZ. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  10. ^ Patrick, Brian (April 2000). "Conservation status of two rare New Zealand Geometrid moths" (PDF). Science for Conservation. 45: 1–21. ISSN 1173-2946. Retrieved 10 February 2017.

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