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Art X.—Lepidoptera of Auckland and the King-country.

[Read before the Otago Institute, 9th December, 1919; received by Editor. 31st December, 1919: issued separately, 4th June, 1920.]

During the month of January, 1919, I made a collecting tour along the Main Trunk Railway from Wellington to Auckland, returning via Rotorua, Tokaanu, and Waimarino. I collected at various other localities en route—Swanson, Wairakei, Waitomo, Raurimu, Erua, Ohakune, Waiouru, the Hot Lakes district, and the lower slopes of Mount Ruapehu from Rangataua, all being included. I had originally intended climbing to the subalpine of Mount Ruapehu, but was deterred by stormy weather, which decided me to proceed to the Auckland District for a few days in search of a better climate. I there experienced good weather and collected at Kauri Gully and in the Auckland Domain, and also ascended the Waitakere Ranges from Henderson and Swanson. The best collecting of the trip, however, was made on my return journey while camping at Waimarino and Erua at an altitude of about 2,600 ft. From Erua I ascended Mount Hauhaungatahi by the track, but owing to the cloud-banks enveloping the higher country I was able to collect during my visit only to a height of about 3,500 ft.

The following list contains only such species as I actually took in good condition on my somewhat hurried journey:—

  • Vanessa gonerilla Fabr. A few at Kauri Gully.

  • Lycaena oxleyi Murray. Very common at Auckland and at the foot of the Waitakere Ranges.

  • Chrysophanus boldenarum White. Very common on the Waimarino Plateau.

  • Nyctemera annulata Boisd. Generally common.

  • Heliothis armigera Hübn. Plentiful in Auckland Domain; also netted at Rotorua.

  • Euxoa admirationis Guen. Several at Rotorua on Veronica blossom.

  • Agrotis ypsilon Rott. At sugar, Waimarino.

  • Graphiphora compta Walk. Three netted in the Auckland Domain.

  • Leucania sulcana Fer. Several at Waitakere.

  • —— semivittata Walk. Two specimens at Rangataua.

  • —— phaula Meyr. A few at sugar on the Mangaehuehu Stream, near Rangataua.

  • Aletia moderata Walk. One at Waitomo.

  • —— unipuncta Hew. Several in the Auckland Domain.

  • Dipaustica epiastra Meyr. One at Waimarino and one at Rangataua.

  • Persectania disjungens Walk. Some fine specimens were taken at Waimarino.

  • —— steropastis Meyr. Two at sugar on the Mangaehuehu Stream.

  • —— composita Guen. Several at Auckland.

  • —— atristriga Walk. Common at Auckland and Rotorua.

  • Erana graminosa Walk. Two only at Waimarino.

  • Melanchra exquisita Philp. One very fine specimen taken at the electric light of Waitomo Hotel.

  • —— plena Walk. A few at Waimarino.

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  • Melanchra maya Huds.A few of each of these at sugar on the Mangaehuehu Stream.

  • —— diameta Walk.

  • —— mutans Walk.These four species were generally common.

  • —— ustistriga Walk.

  • —— insignis Huds.

  • —— morosa Butl.

  • —— rubescens Butl.A few of each of these were taken at sugar on the Mangaehuehu Stream.

  • —— phricias Meyr.

  • —— dotata Walk.

  • Ariathisa comma Walk. An exceptionally dark form was common at Rotorua.

  • Cosmodes elegans Don. Two fine specimens were taken at the electric light at Waitomo.

  • Hypenodes anticlina Meyr. Common at Waimarino and Erua, but in rather worn condition.

  • Plusia chalcites Esp. Several fine specimens taken in the Auckland Domain.

  • Rhapsa scotosialis Walk. Common in most localities.

  • Tatosoma topia Philp. At Waimarino some very fine specimens were netted.

  • —— timora Meyr. Common at Waimarino.

  • Elvia glaucata Walk. Waimarino; fairly common.

  • Venusia verriculata Feld. Common at Auckland and Waitakere.

  • —— undosata Feld. Common at Waimarino.

  • Selidosema pelurgata Walk. A few at Waitakere and Waimarino.

  • —— monacha Huds. Some fine specimens of both sexes netted at Waimarino.

  • —— fenerata Feld. A few at Kauri Gully.

  • —— aristdrcha Meyr. Two only at Waitakere.

  • —— productata Walk. Both these species common at Auckland and Waimarino.

  • —— dejectaria Walk.

  • Chloroclystis semialbata Walk. Common at Waitakere.

  • —— lichenodes Purd. A few at Raurimu and Waimarino.

  • —— nereis Meyr. A few at Rangataua and Waimarino.

  • —— n. sp. A very fine unknown species was taken at Waimarino.

  • Eucymatoge gobiata Feld. Common at Auckland and Waimarino.

  • —— anguligera Butl. Very common at Kauri Gully.

  • Hydriomena deltoidata Walk. Some very fine varieties obtained at Raurimu.

  • —— rixata Feld. Ohakune and Waimarino; common.

  • —— hemizona Meyr. Very common at Waimarino.

  • —— similata Walk. Waimarino and Erua.

  • —— callichlora Butl. A few worn specimens at Waimarino.

  • —— purpurifera Fer. Common at Waimarino, but rather worn.

  • —— subochraria Doubl. Common at Waitomo and Ohakune.

  • Asthena schistaria Walk. Waitakere, Rotorua, Wairakei; common.

  • —— pulchraria Doubl. Common at Kauri Gully.

  • Euchoeca rubropunctaria Doubl. Common at Auckland and Waimarino.

  • Leptomeris rubraria Doubl. Very common at Auckland and Waitakere on the roadsides.

  • Asapodes megaspilata Walk. Common at Waimarino.

  • Xanthorhoe clarata Walk. A few at Waimarino.

  • —— obarata Feld. Common at Waimarino and Erua.

  • —— chorica Meyr. A few very fine specimens taken at Waimarino.

  • —— limonodes Meyr. A few at Waimarino and Erua.

  • —— praefectata Walk. Some beautiful pure-white specimens taken at Waimarino.

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  • Xanthorhoe aegrota Butl. One at Kauri Gully.

  • —— lucidata Walk. Not uncommon in the Auckland Domain.

  • —— chlamydota Meyr. Tokaanu; one fine specimen.

  • —— semisignata Walk. Common at Swanson, Waimarino, and Erua.

  • —— cinerearia Doubl. Common at Auckland, Waimarino, and Tokaanu.

  • —— semifissata Walk. A few at Waimarino.

  • Notoreas perornata Walk. Both species common on the Waimarino Plateau.

  • —— vulcanica Meyr.

  • Samana falcatella Walk. Four specimens netted at Henderson and Swanson, at the foot of the Waitakere Ranges.

  • Adeixis inostentata Walk. This species was very common at Waimarino and on the Mangaehuehu Stream.

  • Epirranthis hemipteraria Guen. These two species occurred sparingly at Kauri Gully and Waimarino.

  • —— alectoraria Walk.

  • Gargaphania muriferata Walk. Common at Waitakere and Ohakune.

  • Sestra flexata Walk. A few at Waimarino.

  • —— humeraria Walk. Common at Kauri Gully.

  • Azelina ophiopa Meyr. Common at Waitakere and Raurimu.

  • —— fortinata Guen. Very common at Waimarino and Erua.

  • —— nelsonaria Feld. Common at Waimarino and Wairakei.

  • Declana atronivea Walk. Common at Waitomo and Waimarino.

  • —— floccosa Walk. Common at Auckland, Waimarino, and Ohakune.

  • Eurythecta eremana Meyr. Common at Tokaanu.

  • —— loxias Meyr. Four fine specimens were taken at Waimarino.

  • Catamacta gavisana Walk. Common at Auckland and Waitomo.

  • Capua semiferana Walk. Common at Auckland and Wairekei.

  • —— plinthoglypta Meyr. Two only at Ohakune.

  • —— plagiatana Walk. Common at Wairakei, Auckland, Waitomo, and Tokaanu.

  • Tortrix leucaniana Walk. A few at Ohakune.

  • —— charactana Meyr. Common at Rangataua and Ohakune.

  • —— tigris Philp. One fine specimen at Swanson.

  • —— molybditis Meyr. Several at Waimarino.

  • —— postvittana Walk. This species was very common in the Auckland Domain.

  • —— torogramma Meyr. One only at Kauri Gully.

  • —— excessana Walk. Common at Auckland.

  • —— orthocopa Meyr. A few of this fine species at Waimarino and Swanson.

  • Epalxiphora axenana Meyr. Common at Auckland, Ohakune, Wairakei; several varieties taken.

  • Ctenopseustis obliquana Walk. Very common in various localities.

  • Cnephasia jactatana Walk. Common at Auckland and Rangataua.

  • —— incessana Walk. Common at Kauri Gully, Waimarino, and Raurimu.

  • —— imbriferana Meyr. Common at Kauri Gully.

  • Spilonota zopherana Meyr. Both these species common at Auckland and Wairakei among manuka scrub.

  • —— ejectana Walk.

  • Eucosma querula Meyr. Very common in the Auckland Domain.

  • Bactra noteraula Wals. Some very large examples were taken at Taupo.

  • Isonomeutis amauropa Meyr. A few at Waimarino and Erua.

  • Laspeyresia pomonella Linn. One taken on a fruit-shop window in Rotorua.

  • Crocydopora cinigerella Walk. A good series of this species was taken on the shingly beach of Lake Taupo.

  • Argyria strophaea Meyr. Common at the side of the railway-line at Raurimu; also taken at Whakarewarewa.

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  • Gadira acerella Walk. Kauri Gully and Tokaanu.

  • Diptychophora metallifera Butl. Several at Waimarino.

  • —— harmonica Meyr. Common at Kauri Gully and Waimarino.

  • —— chrysochyta Meyr. Common at Kauri Gully.

  • —— elaina Meyr. Very common at Ohakune and Waimarino.

  • —— auriscriptella Walk. Common at Kauri Gully, Ohakune, and Waimarino.

  • —— epiphaea Meyr. Two only at Waimarino.

  • —— selenaea Meyr. Common at Kauri Gully and Ohakune.

  • —— pyrsophanes Meyr. Waimarino; a few specimens larger than usual.

  • —— leucoxantha Meyr. Very common at Waimarino and Erua.

  • Crambus vitellus Doubl. Common at Rangataua and Swanson.

  • —— ramosellus Doubl. A few at Raurimu.

  • —— heliotes Meyr. Very common at Waimarino.

  • —— apicellus Zell. Common at Waimarino.

  • —— siriellus Meyr. Common at Waimarino and Rangataua.

  • Scoparia minusculalis Walk. Common at Auckland and Waimarino.

  • —— minualis Walk. Common at Waimarino.

  • —— dinodes Meyr. A few at Raurimu.

  • —— pongalis Feld. Several in the Auckland Domain.

  • —— thyridias Meyr. Very common at Waimarino.

  • —— epicomia Meyr. A few at the Mangaehuehu Stream.

  • —— leucogramma Meyr. Two at Waimarino.

  • —— submarginalis Walk. Commonest at Ohakune.

  • —— asterisca Meyr. One at Raurimu.

  • —— feredayi Knaggs. A few at Waimarino.

  • —— choristis Meyr. Two at Waimarino.

  • —— indistinctalis Walk. Common at Tokaanu and Wairakei.

  • —— illota Philp. Two at Waimarino.

  • —— trivirgata Feld. A few at Waimarino.

  • —— aspidota Meyr. Fairly common at Raurimu and Waimarino.

  • —— hemiplaca Meyr. Two at Waimarino and two at Raurimu.

  • —— petrina Meyr. A few at Ohakune and Waitakere.

  • —— harpalea Meyr. A few at Ohakune and Waimarino.

  • —— philerga Meyr. Common at Auckland.

  • —— periphanes Meyr. Waitakere, Auckland, and Waimarino; common.

  • Besides the above species of Scoparia an unknown species was taken at Auckland Domain and another at Tokaanu.

  • Mecyna flavidalis Doubl. A very dark variety was common at Tokaanu and Waimarino.

  • —— daiclealis Walk. One at Waimarino and one at Waitakere.

  • Proternia philocapna Meyr. Common in Auckland Domain.

  • Sceliodes cordalis Doubl. Common at electric light, Waitomo.

  • Clepsicosma iridia Meyr. Common at Waitakere and Waimarino.

  • Pyralis farinalis Linn. One only in a Rotorua store.

  • Diasemia grammalis Doubl. Several at Okere Falls, Taupo, and Waimarino.

  • Platyptilia aeolodes Meyr. Common in Auckland, Taupo, Swanson, and Waimarino.

  • —— monospilalis Walk. Common in Auckland Domain.

  • Aristotelia paradesma Meyr. A few at Kauri Gully and Auckland.

  • Gelechia monophragma Meyr. Common at Waimarino and Erua.

  • Hieroxestis omoscopa Meyr. Common in Auckland Domain.

  • —— hapsimacha Meyr. Common at Kauri Gully and Waimarino, attached to Cordyline indivisa.

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  • Pyroderces apparitella Walk. Common in Auckland Domain.

  • Schiffermuelleria orthopanes Meyr. Several at Waimarino.

  • Compsistis bifaciella Walk. Common at Kauri Gully, Raurimu, and Waimarino.

  • Elachista gerasmia Meyr. A few in Auckland Domain.

  • —— archaeonoma Meyr. Common at Waimarino, Auckland, and Waitakere.

  • Stathmopoda caminora Meyr. A few at Auckland.

  • —— skelloni Butl. Common at Auckland and Waimarino.

  • Endrosis lacteela Schiff. Common everywhere in the neighbourhood of houses.

  • Izatha epiphanes Meyr. Two only, at light, Waitomo.

  • —— austera Meyr. Common at Kauri Gully.

  • —— attactella Walk. One found drowned in a water-butt on Ohakune Railway-station.

  • —— peroneanella Walk. Auckland, Wairakei, and Waimarino. The Wairakei specimens taken among the hot springs had faded to a blackish-brown shade by the action of the sulphurous vapours.

  • —— picarella Walk. A few at Waitakere.

  • —— huttoni Butl. One only at Raurimu.

  • —— balanophora Meyr. One at Waitomo.

  • —— copiosella Walk. Several at Waimarino and Raurimu: one particularly large specimen has a wing-expanse of 40 mm.

  • Gymnobathra hyetodes Meyr. A fine specimen at Swanson.

  • —— tholodella Meyr. A few at Raurimu and Waimarino.

  • —— flavidella Walk. Common at Kauri Gully and Okere Falls.

  • —— omphalota Meyr. Common at Ohakune and Rangataua.

  • —— thetodes Meyr. Two only, at light Waitomo.

  • Borkhausenia crotala Meyr. Common at Auckland and Waimarino.

  • —— armigerella Walk.

  • —— innotella Walk.

  • —— chrysogramma Meyr. Several taken at Waimarino. Much more bright than southern specimens.

  • —— hoplodesma Meyr. Kauri Gully; one only.

  • —— basella Walk. Several at Rangataua.

  • —— pseudospretella Staint. Common at Auckland, Waimarino, Tokaanu, and Ohakune.

  • Several undetermined species were also taken.

  • Trachypepla leucoplanetis Meyr. A fine series at Waimarino.

  • —— lathriopa Meyr. Common at Waimarino and Raurimu.

  • —— galaxias Meyr. A few at Raurimu and Waimarino.

  • —— protochlora Meyr. Several at Waimarino.

  • —— aspidephora Meyr. Several at Kauri Gully.

  • —— euryleucota Meyr. One large specimen at Raurimu.

  • —— contritella Walk. Common at Waimarino.

  • —— anastrella Meyr. A few at Raurimu.

  • Barea dinocosma Meyr. Two at Raurimu.

  • Proteodes profunda Meyr. A few at Raurimu.

  • Cryptolechia liochroa Meyr. Some fine specimens at Waimarino and Erua.

  • Eutorna caryochroa Meyr. A few at Waimarino.

  • Vanicela disjunctella Walk. Two only at Kauri Gully.

  • Thylacosceles acridomima Meyr. Common at Kauri Gully.

  • Glyphipteryx oxymachaera Meyr. Common at Waimarino.

  • —— erastis Meyr. A few at Waimarino.

  • —— leptosema Meyr. A few at Waimarino.

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  • Glyphipteryx zelota Meyr. A good series at Kauri Gully.

  • —— transversella Walk. Very common at Waimarino.

  • —— achlyoessa Meyr. Common at Waimarino.

  • —— asteronota Meyr. A few at Kauri Gully.

  • Pantosperma holochalca Meyr. A few on rushes at Tokaanu.

  • Coridomorpha stella Meyr. One at Raurimu.

  • Simaethis combinatana Walk. One at Waimarino and one at Ohakune.

  • —— microlitha Meyr. One only at Waitakere.

  • Acrocercops cyanospila Meyr. Two only at Taupo.

  • Batrachedra psithrya Meyr. A few at Kauri Gully.

  • Parectopa aellomacha Meyr. A few at Kauri Gully and the Auckland Domain.

  • Gracilaria chalcodelta Meyr. Fairly common at Waimarino and Raurimu.

  • —— chrysitis Feld. Three specimens of this beautiful moth at Kauri Gully.

  • —— linearis Butl. Common, especially at Waimarino.

  • Dolichernis chloroleuca Meyr. Common at Raurimu and Waimarino.

  • Protosynaema steropucha Meyr. One only at Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour.

  • Orthenches porphyritis Meyr. Kauri Gully and Waimarino; common.

  • —— drosochalca Meyr. One only at Kauri Gully.

  • —— chlorocoma Meyr. A few in Auckland Domain.

  • —— glyptarcha Meyr. One only of this fine species at Waimarino.

  • Circoxena ditrocha Meyr. Two of this moth at Kauri Gully.

  • Eschatotypa melichrysa Meyr. Auckland and Waimarino; common.

  • Erechthias exospila Meyr. Two only at Kauri Gully.

  • —— hemiclistra Meyr. Common at Waimarino, attached to Cordyline indivisa.

  • Hectacma chasmatias Meyr. Two taken in Auckland Domain.

  • —— stilbella Newm. Common in Auckland Domain.

  • Crypsitricha mesotypa Meyr. Common at Kauri Gully and Waimarino.

  • —— roseata Meyr. A few at Waimarino.

  • Habrophila compseuta Meyr. A few at Kauri Gully.

  • Endophthora omogramma Meyr. Common in Auckland Domain.

  • Thallostoma eurygrapha Meyr. One only at Raurimu.

  • Sagephora exsanguis Philp. One or two in Auckland Domain.

  • Lysiphragma epixyla Meyr. A few at Waimarino.

  • Mallobathra crataea Meyr. Common at Waimarino.

  • Protnodes grammocosma Meyr. Common at Kauri Gully and Waimarino, attached to Cordyline indivisa.

  • Porina umbraculata Gn. Common at Ohakune.

  • —— enysii Butl. Three fine specimens at Waimarino.

  • Mnesarchaea loxoscia Meyr. Common at Raurimu.

  • Sabatinca calliarcha Meyr. One only at Kauri Gully.

  • —— incongruella Walk. Very common at Ohakune, Erua, and Waimarino.

  • —— doroxena Meyr. Seveal at Waimarino.

  • —— lucilia n. sp. A few at Kauri Gully and one at Waitomo.

  • Hepialis virescens Doubl. A few in Auckland Domain and one at Waimarino.