Graphania mutans

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Graphania mutans
Graphania mutans female.jpg
Graphania mutans male.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Graphania
Species: G. mutans
Binomial name
Graphania mutans
(Walker, 1857)
  • Hadena mutans Walker, 1857
  • Maoria mutans Walker, 1857
  • Xylina spurcata Walker, 1857
  • Hadena lignifusca Walker, 1857
  • Xylina vexata Walker, 1865
  • Mamestra passa Morrison, 1874
  • Mamestra acceptrix Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875
  • Hadena debilis Butler, 1877
  • Maoria mutans pallescens Warren, 1912

Graphania mutans, commonly known as the New Zealand cutworm or the grey-brown cutworm, is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It was first described by Francis Walker in 1857.[2] It is endemic to New Zealand.[1]

The larvae feed on pasture as well as the leaves and fruit of apple trees. This species is therefore considered a pest in apple orchards.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Graphania mutans (Walker, 1857)". Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  2. ^ Walker, Francis (1854). "XI: Noctuidae". List of the specimens of lepidopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. London: Trustees of the British Museum. pt. 11: 602 – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.
  3. ^ Frérot, B.; Dugdale, J. S.; Foster, S. P. (1993). "Chemotaxonomy of some species of moths in the New Zealand genus Graphania based on sex pheromones". New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 20 (2): 71–80. doi:10.1080/03014223.1993.10422864 – via Taylor & Francis.

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