Story: Butterflies and moths

Ghost moth (1st of 3)

Ghost moth

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.

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Brian Patrick, 'Butterflies and moths - Habitat and ecological roles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2022)

Story by Brian Patrick, published 24 Sep 2007