Subject: Is this a NZ Puriri Moth?
Location: New Zealand North Island, Coromandel Peninsula
January 3, 2013 8:11 pm
I spotted this big fellow late last night on the outside settee. It’s midsummer here and it had been raining steadily through the evening. I would estimate the moth was about 2 – 2 1/2 inches long (5 – 6.5cm), it was pale/bright green with beautiful iridescent markings on the wings. I have been here for 10 years and I’ve never seen a moth like this here before. I would love to know what it is.
This is indeed a Puriri Moth or Ghost Moth in the family Hepialidae. We are not certain if the name applies to only one species within the family as so many members look quite similar. Here is another Puriri Moth from our archives. We will do additional research on this matter. More on the Puriri Moth can be located online on the Kiwi Conservation Club website.
Thank you so much for your quick response to my query. I hope I don’t have to wait another ten years before I see another one of these beautiful moths in my garden!