Please do not reproduce without permission from Puke Ariki.
Contact for more information. Order images online here.

Object Detail

A section of wood split in two to reveal the larval tunnel of the Puriri moth. The outer surfaces of the wood also show the soft patches on the bark: a tough silken web woven by a larva which covers a shallow chamber that the insect has excavated in the wood surface.
Subject Category
Credit Line
The Puriri moth is New Zealand's largest moth species. The caterpillars spend up to 7 years burrowed into trees before emerging as a large green adult. Their favourite tree species include the Puriri, putaputaweta, and lacebark. Once the adult has emerged it has no ability to eat and only lives a few days in which time it mates before it dies.
Accession No


Can you help us? Click ‘Add Comment’ to share names, details and stories to help enrich the collection.

Be the first to comment.