Moth Guides - Puka Whakamārama o Te Pepe Nui - Te Taurapa
Puka Whakamārama o Te Pepe Nui - Te Taurapa
Beginners' Guide to the Macro Moths - Te Taurapa
This guide covers the Southern South Island (Ōtākou-Murihiku) and Stewart Island
Aihuka - Declana egregia is the spokesMoth for Puka Whakamārama o te Pepe Nui - Te Taurapa (the Southern South Island Beginners' Guide to Macro moths).
These field guides to New Zealand's Native Macro Moths are a one of a kind quality product with high resolution life sized moth images.
The guides are a handy 6 panel concertina style foldout on offset printed on (200gsm) laminated high quality card. They are designed for small hands and hard work (water and tear resistant). Each panel is 15cm(w) x 27cm (h) folding out to a total unfolded size of 90cm(w) x 27cm (h).
The text, content and design are by the Ahi Pepe MothNet project partners.
Illustrations are by Sean W. Gilles. The moth list was compiled by Dr Robert Hoare with comment from Brian Patrick and NZs lepidopterist community. The moth images are high resolution photographs by Birgit Rhode of moth specimens in the NZAC taken with funding from the Terrestrial Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (TFBIS) programme.
These guides are produced by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research as part of the Ahi Pepe MothNet project funded by MBIE "Unlocking Curious Minds" initiative.
Declana egregia is a Geometrid of strikingly beautiful patterns. It was a hard job to select just one moth species for the cover of each of our Macro Moth Guides. We looked for a moth that was special to the region, distinctive and with some symbolism in the colouring. The colouring of Declana egregia is reflected in the shading of the region in the South Island (the waka reflection) on the front cover.
The snowy-white of chocolate brown reminded us of the southern frosts over rich deep soils of the Southland plains. Declana egregia of course uses the colourings and patterning of its wings as camoflage against a lichen back drop.
Image: B. Rhode, Landcare Research