The tough, tapering cocoon of the case moth (Oeceticus omnivorous) is seen hanging from a pōhutukawa branch. In Māori tradition, Hineraukatauri, the goddess of Māori flute music, transformed herself into this shape. It may have inspired the shape of the pūtōrino, a flute unique to Māori, capable a producing a variety of voice-like tones.
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Photograph by Brian Flintoff
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