This species is found only in New Zealand, in all horticultural areas. In Auckland there may be up to six generations annually, while in Canterbury two to four are more likely. The adult moth lays eggs and the larvae that hatch out can damage the leaves, fruit and buds of plants. Typically, young larvae are found on the tips of new leaves, where they make a silk web that rolls the leaf into a tube. Sometimes leaves may be webbed to fruit. This caterpillar has been parasitised by larvae of the bethylid wasp Goniozus species.
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