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Scoparia diphtheralis (Shining scopari moth)

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera
Family:      Crambidae
Subfamily: Scopariinae
Genus: Scoparia
Species:     S. diphtheralis
Binomial name: Scoparia diphtheralis
Synonyms:     Eudonia diphtheralis
Common name: Shining Scopari

Scoparia diphtheralis is a moth of the Crambidae family. It is known only from New Zealand and is one of 40 forests Scopari. It is seen from December to March, usually near forests. It is found throughout New Zealand and is common where it occurs. Wingspan for males and females is 23–26 mm. The larvae (caterpillar) feed on mosses.

The underside of the moth