Only a single species of ghost moth (Heloxycanus patricki) of this endemic New Zealand genus has been discovered, by Brian Patrick, an Otago entomologist. It appears to be restricted to the southern South Island, living in sphagnum and other moss bogs from sea level to 1,500 metres. Adults emerge early in winter in alternate years.
Using this item
Department of Conservation
Photograph by D. Patterson
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.