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Xyridacma alectoraria (Five finger looper moth)

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera
Family:      Geometridae
Subfamily: Oenochrominae
Genus:      Xyridacma
Species: X. alectoraria
Binominal name: Xyridacma alectoraria
Synonym: Lyrcea alectoraria
Common name: Five finger looper moth

Xyridacma alectoraria is a moth of the Geometridae family. It is a common native looper moth of New Zealand. It is seen November to February. Its caterpillar feeds on the leaves of the native five finger species.

Female moth.


Male moth


Male moth


The underside of a male moth


This moth is variable in its patterns




Male moth.
 

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