Story: Kūmara

Anuhe (kūmara moth caterpillar)

Anuhe (kūmara moth caterpillar)

This is the caterpillar of the kūmara moth, the anuhe. In one tradition the kūmara was stolen from Whānui (the star Vega), who sent down the anuhe to plague kūmara crops as punishment for its theft. Gardeners would often tame seagulls to sit in the plantations and eat the caterpillars, or would light fires to smoke them out.

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How to cite this page:

Peter Adds, 'Kūmara - Growing kūmara', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17362/anuhe-kumara-moth-caterpillar (accessed 19 November 2019)

Story by Peter Adds, published 24 Nov 2008