Story: Insects – overview

Tunnelling pūriri moth caterpillar (1st of 2)

Tunnelling pūriri moth caterpillar

The caterpillar of New Zealand’s largest moth, the pūriri, spends up to two years in a vertical tunnel it has excavated in a native tree. There it feeds on the sap layer just below the bark, and grows to 10 centimetres.

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George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - In the bush', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10072/tunnelling-puriri-moth-caterpillar (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007