With apologies to Friend Who Knows Too Much who is not a lover of moths. On Sunday morning a large moth (wingspan about 8 cm) flew into me in the living room. It was a bright sunny morning and the moth was obviously unhappy at being out and about. Originally from Australia the caterpillars eat the leaves of wattle trees. Hence the name Northern Wattle Moth (Dasypodia cymatodes). Maori called the moth Pepe Atua amongst other names all of which refer to the belief that these mysterious moths were the returning spirits of ancestors (a similar belief about noctuid moths is found in Madagascar). It is also known as Owl, Moon or Peacock Moth from the ‘eye’ pattern on the wings which shine like a new moon or the tail feathers of a peacock.
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