Green Ghost Moth

Puriri Moth Watercolour Of the more than 1500 different moths in New Zealand, the biggest and most spectacular is the puriri or ghost moth of the North Island. It has pale velvety green markings that give it a ghost-like appearance. The puriri moth (Anetus virescens) is New Zealand’s largest forest moth, with a wingspan of up to 15 centimetres. As its name indicates, the puriri moth caterpillar lives in puriri trees, but it also lives in beech trees, putaputaweta and wineberry. Puriri moth caterpillars dig burrows up to 30-centimetres long into a tree and feed on the wood… the caterpillar stage can last five years! When the adult moth finally emerges it lives for only a few nights, it cant eat so only survives long enough to breed… that’s if its lucky and not eaten by a hungry Morepork!

Puriri Moth watercolorThis is one of two watercolours Im working on right now.  Here’s a pic of my desk this morning… seriously need to have an office clean up.  Maybe this will make me get on to it!

Ill show you the monarch soon as she’s finished.

Today is also my Mum’s birthday, Happy Birthday Mum… Love you!

11 thoughts on “Green Ghost Moth

  1. heather says:

    Both look gorgeous! I’ve never gotten the hang of watercolors (although I was an art history major not an art major, so that might be why), but I love the look of them when done right!


  2. winkieflash says:

    Okay, two things. One: your watercolor is a-ma-zing! I would hang this on my wall in a heartbeat. Two: if that’s your office when it needs a cleanup… I feel bad for myself 😉


  3. Faith says:

    Your bugs and plants sound far more intriguing than they do here in Britain….are you sure you didn’t make some of them up? ;-D

    Lovely watercolours, I haven’t looked at my painting for months, and now with new pup am unlikely to do for a while, as soon as you turn your back….well needless to say……hopefully soon I can get back to it!


  4. niasunset says:

    Beautiful… so beautiful… I haven’t known that you make watercolours too… Your works make me excited now… How I love creative minds/souls… I loved this butterfly and Thank you for all details too… I can’t believe your desk! You should see mine 🙂 Everything is in everywhere… Have a nice day, angels and muses be with you always, with my love, nia


  5. happygreendragonfly says:

    I love the ghost moth watercolor. At first glance, I thought it was the luna moth which happens to be my favorite moth.

    I absolutely enjoy your blog. ^__^


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