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Alpine tiger moths

Alpine tiger moths

Female tiger moths cannot fly – they spend their adult life in a cocoon. They attract males by emitting powerful chemical scents (pheromones). These two males are attempting to mate with the white, wingless female in her cocoon.

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George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - Wingless and flightless insects', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007