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Meterana alcyone

Kingdom:  Animalia
Phylum:  Arthropoda
Class:   Insecta
Order:  Lepidoptera
Family:  Noctuidae
Subfamily::   Noctuoidea
Genus:  Meterana
Species: M. alcyone
Scientific name:  Meterana alcyone

Meterana alcyone is an endemic, medium sized moth (17 to 19mm fore wing length) and is a member of the Cutworms and Dart Moths  The forewings are a dark brown with a lighter brown along the upper edge. It can be seen throughout the year.
Its habitat is native forests and coastal dunes. The larvae feed on Muehlenbeckia complexa (Pohuehue). They are nocturnal and hence are attracted to light.