We saw it flying from flower to flower, feeding on Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) plants growing on the side of the road in Opua, near to where we live.
The Crimson Speckled Footman Moth is a day flying moth found in New Zealand and also other parts of the Indo-Australian region including Borneo, Hong Kong, Papua, Seychelles and most of Australia.
It's a beautiful thing. The ones I have seen are about 10mm long.
The larvae feed on Flora of Mozambique (Argusia argentea), Purple viper's-bugloss or Paterson's curse (Echium plantagineum), Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) and Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis arvensis).
It is said the adults undertake extensive and frequent migratory flights and can reach the most remote oceanic islands, including New Zealand.