Subject:  Big Hairy Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Lower Hutt Wellington NZ
Date: 10/19/2021
Time: 02:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, found this moth dead.
Never seen it before.
Please help identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Sophie

Gum Emperor Moth

Dear Sophie,
This is a Gum Emperor Moth,
Opodiphthera eucalypti.  According to CitSciHub.NZ:  “The Emperor Gum moth, Opodiphthera eucalypti, is a large hairy nocturnal species of moth native to Australia and were introduced to the North and South Islands of New Zealand about 1939 .
The moths live for no more than a couple of days and they never eat.”

Thank you! I worked it out in the end.
No wonder it was dead as it has such a short life!

Location: Lower Hutt Wellington, New Zealand

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