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Declana leptomera (Spotted manuka moth)

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera
Family:      Geometridae
Subfamily: Ennominae
Genus:      Declana
Species: D. leptomera
Binominal name: Declana leptomera
Common name: Spotted manuka moth

Declana leptomera is a native moth seen September to March through out New Zealand but it is more common in the North Island. It has a body length approx 3cm. The caterpillars eat leaves of various plants including manuka and pine.

The underside of this moth.

Another moth of the same species with more pronounced marking.