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Rhapsa scotosialis (Slender owlet moth)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Rhapsa
Species: R. scotosialis
Scientific name: Rhapsa scotosialis 
Common name : Slender Owlet Moth

The Slender Owlet moth is one of New Zealand's commonest forest moths. It is in the group of moths called snout moths because they have long upturned palps.  Its has a forewing length of >20 mm. Easily recognised by its triangular shape while at rest. The adults are found all year round.
Its caterpillars are free living and move from place to place, feeding on fallen leaves and moss.They palpate among leaf litter.
The adult moth's forewings are variable in pattern and in colour, as seen in photos below.

Male moth with its feathery antennae.



 

Male moth.




Female moth with a 20mm body length


Female


Female
 

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