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Graphania mutans (Grey-brown Cutworm Moth)

Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:     Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class:        Insecta
Order:       Lepidoptera
Family:      Noctuidae
Genus:      Graphania
Species:     G. mutans
Binomial name: Graphania mutans
Common name: Grey-brown Cutworm

Graphania mutans is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is native to New Zealand. The larvae feed on various pasture plants and grasses, including the leaves and fruit of various apple species and are thus considered a pest in apple orchards.
This a very variable coloured moth as seen by photos below.

A female moth.


Female.


Female




Male moth










Moths with a green tinge.






The underside. Female
 

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