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Bityla defigurata

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera
Superfamily:  Noctuoidea
Family:      Noctuidae
Genus:      Bityla
Species      Bityla defigurata
Scientific name: Bityla defigurata

Bityla defigurata is a New Zealand moth species first described by Walker in 1865. It has a body length of 20mm.  The larvae feed on Muehlenbeckia australis, Muehlenbeckia complexa the maidenhair vine.

Photographed early February