This species was named by Edward Meyrick in 1884. Meyrick gave a description of the species in 1885. However the placement of this species within the Scoparia genus is in doubt. As a result, this species has also been referred to as Scoparia (s.l.) tetracycla.
The wingspan is about 25 mm. The forewings are ochreous-grey, irrorated with whitish. The lines are whitish and black-margined. The hindwings are pale fuscous-grey, with a darker hindmargin. Adults have been recorded on wing in March.
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- Gordon, Dennis P., ed. (2010). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity. Volume two. Kingdom animalia : chaetognatha, ecdysozoa, ichnofossils. Vol. 2. Christchurch, N.Z.: Canterbury University Press. p. 458. ISBN 9781877257933. OCLC 973607714.
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