A species of ghost moth endemic to the North Island of New Zealand. They spend 5 - 6 years as a grub and about 48 hours as a moth. Females can have a wing span of up to 15cm (males are smaller), making this New Zealand’s largest moth.
No, but really… They’re everywhere! They’re so fuzzy and cute, don’t you just want to pet them? :3 …well don’t. Quite a few people are allergic to their little tufts of fluff, and it can make them really itchy! (And similar to bee’s, people can have severe allergic reactions to their hairs.)
If all of these guys survive the winter, we will be seeing A TON of those moths next July! (…and have I mentioned that the moths are just as plain looking as the caterpillars?)