This is not the first time I've talked about Puriri Moths, those beautiful green moths that often arrive in the night at our window at Pukawa - and which, sadly, we often find dead on the deck in the morning. A while ago I found 17 of them fluttering outside and photographed some of them.
|Twelve Puriri Moths on the Deck|
|Web Covering of Puriri Moth Hole|
|Remains of Web and Pupal Exoskeleton|
By the morning none were left and I hoped that most had flown away. There was a blackbird hopping on the deck and he was pecking at the odd wing remnant. But I'd switched off the lights early and gone to bed early so maybe some had gone off about their business of breeding.
|Hole after Puriri Moth Exit|
|Puriri Moth Hole Covered by Membrane|
|Exoskeleton of Puriri Moth pupa|
It is sad to think that they die after being attracted to our light. I suggest that people finding these moths at their windows turn out the lights early and go to sleep. Then they may wake up earlier to hear the great dawn chorus at Pukawa. Great fact sheet about Puriri moth biology here.