Story: Insects – overview

Pollen-eating moth

Pollen-eating moth

This pollen-eating moth (Sabatica aemula) belongs to an ancient group of insects that was probably present in New Zealand when it separated from the supercontinent Gondwana, about 85 million years ago.

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George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - Origin of New Zealand’s insects', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007