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The red clover casebearer moth, Coleophora deauratella, has recently been found in two separate regions – across several suburbs of Auckland and in red clover crops in Canterbury.
It is not known whether this pest is present in other parts of New Zealand and it is possible it has been in the country for some time. Based on the lifecycle of this moth and the stages detected in surveillance, it would appear that this species has been here since at least spring 2015. It is not currently known how or precisely when the moth entered New Zealand.