Story: Tall broadleaf trees

Male pūriri moth

Male pūriri moth

Pūriri moth caterpillars drill tunnels – shaped like the figure 7 – into young pūriri trees. They also attack other native and introduced trees. The caterpillar lives in the tunnel for five to seven years, eating the fresh bark and callus tissue around its entry hole, before emerging as a winged adult. With a wingspan of 10 centimetres, male pūriri moths are slightly smaller than females. The moths do not feed and live only a few days.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Tall broadleaf trees - Trees of fertile lowlands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 July 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 24 Sep 2007