Large Green New Zealand Moth
Location: Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand
January 21, 2011 4:56 am
Just tonight two of these large green moths flew into my room, one after the other. I have never seen this type of moth before.
Each one was around 75-80mm in length and approximately 100-110mm in wingspan.
After finding this website, I am assuming they are Puriri Moths.
Could you please tell me if they definitely are Puriri Moths.
You are absolutely correct. This is a Puriri Moth or Ghost Moth in the family Hepialidae. You may read about it on the Insects and Spiders of New Zealand website which indicates the Maori names are: “pepe tuna; mokoroa, ngutara; pungoungou“. Though five or six years are spent as a caterpillar, the adult Puriri Moth only lives about two days and does not feed.