the first

this was the first moth to cross my path since i started noticing them. i thought it was dead until it secretly flew from a white wall to a sheet of cardboard maybe so it could feel more camouflaged instead of like a painting in a gallery. as you can see the wings lie flat and then flat on the other wings and also flat against the thing it perches upon. if you looked at it side-on it would be a slightly curved ramp. i’m not sure what the common name is but it is native to new zealand and i think it is xyridacma ustaria of the geometridae family.