Story: Te aitanga pepeke – the insect world

Pepe tuna (pūriri moth)

This is a male pepe-tuna (pūriri moth, Aenetus virescens). Listen to Hirini Melbourne sing about the ghostly night-time appearance of this giant green moth (its wingspan reaches 15 centimetres).

Pepe-tuna nunui
Kēhua kākāriki
Wairua rere o te pō
Pepe-tuna nunui
Kēhua kākāriki
rere runga puriri e.

Large pepe-tuna (pūriri moth)
A green apparition
Flying spirit of the night
Large Pepe-tuna
A green apparition
Flying on to a pūriri tree.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Hirini Melbourne – waiata pepe tuna/Reference number MPT 1981)

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How to cite this page:

Bradford Haami, 'Te aitanga pepeke – the insect world - Moths', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Bradford Haami, published 24 Sep 2007