Massive Moth
December 21, 2009
Found this massive moth inside under some flourescent lights, I am interested to know what it is, I have never seen such a big moth before!
Palmerston North, New Zealand

Emperor Gum Moth

Emperor Gum Moth

Dear ?,
The Emperor Gum Moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti (formerly Antheraea eucalypti) is native to Australia, but it has been introduced to New Zealand in the early 20th Century.  The Government of South Australia has a nice online PDF available on the species.

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