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Feredayia graminosa (Mahoe stripper moth)

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera
Family:      Noctuidae
Genus:      Feredayia
Species:     F. graminosa
Binomial name: Feredayia graminosa
Synonym: Erana graminosa
Common name: Mahoe Stripper, Green Mahoe Moth

Feredayia graminosa is a native moth with a body length of 16- 19 mm and is found throughout New Zealand. Their wing pattern and colour is moss like and adults can be found through out the year resting on mossy tree trunks. They are active at night. Adults are usually on the wing from October to January.
The larvae (caterpillar) which are a green with spots of white, black and pale orange. They feed on the leaves of the native Mahoe tree, Melicytus ramiflorus. Pupation occurs in the soil.

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