21 Sep 2018

Critter of the Week The Ghost Moth!

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:33 pm on 21 September 2018

Ghost moths aren’t scary, but they are a little strange. They have no mouth so they never eat and some only live for one day!

One of Aotearoa’s very own ghost moths is the Sphagnum porina moth; a species that lives in habitats with names like ‘moss bogs’ and ‘blanket mires’, in Otago and Southland. 

DOC’S Threatened Species Ambassador, Nicola Toki, tells us about it.

Ghost Moth - heloxycanus patricki - male

Ghost Moth - heloxycanus patricki - male Photo: CC-BY 4.0 Birgit E. Rhode, Landcare Research NZ Ltd.jpg

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