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what’s this NZ moth please?
Sun, May 24, 2009 at 1:03 AM
Hi, can you tell us what NZ moth this is? Found it in Tauranga in the evening. Very bright green with long tail. about 25-30mm long.
Tauranga NZ

Unknown New Zealand Moth

Tatosoma tipulata? from Zealand Moth

Dear Saskia,
We haven’t had much luck identifying your unusual moth, but perhaps one of our readers can supply
an answer.

Update: Mon, May 25, 2009 at 10:31 AM
Hopefully someone who is familiar with New Zealand moths can confirm this identification, but I believe this curious looking moth is Tatosoma tipulata (Geometridae: Larentiinae), or at least a species in that genus. The few online pictures are of dried specimens and the colors look more brown than green, but there are descriptions that suggest “greenish” coloration on the forewings. The long abdomen is the most curious and distinguishing feature. Dr. Robert Hoare provides a rather poetic and humorous description in The Weta 28: 56-59 (2004) .weta28_56_59 He notes that the Latin name literally translated means “Long body like cranefly”. Regards.

Dear Karl,
Thanks once again for assisting us in the identification of unusual exotica from far flung global coordinates. This ID sure seems correct to us. Perhaps you will have an opinion on the Brazilian insect with the feathery antennae we are about to post.

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3 Responses to Green Geometrid Moth from New Zealand

  1. Vickie Wade says:

    Hi, I found a the same type of moth one evening in Auckland.
    It appears on the website http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/moths/kamahi-green-spindle-tatosoma-tipulata.html

    Tatosoma tipulata (Kamahi green spindle)

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
    Order: Lepidoptera
    Superfamily: Geometroidea
    Family: Geometridae
    Genus: Tatosoma
    Scientific name: Tatosoma tipulata (the Latin name, which literally translated means “Long body like cranefly”.)
    Common name: Kamahi green spindle

    Kamahi green spindle (Tatosoma tipulata) is a native moth found throughout the forested areas of New Zealand. Its colour pattern makes it beautifully camouflaged in the bush. The caterpillar feeds on totara, kamahi, beech and other native trees. The male moth has a long abdomen compared with the female who has an abdomen of normal length.

  2. Vickie Wade says:

    Oh, the long abdomen is of the male and the female has a shorter (normal) abdomen.

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