At the weekend, when on our regular short walk around the streets from home we came across this Puriri Moth. It was lying on the pavement and we shifted it to a safer place.
It is New Zealand's largest moth and this specimen would have been over 2 inches long but they get larger than that. They are nocturnal forest dwellers.
The caterpillar stage can last up to six years but the moths last only a couple of days as they have no mouthparts and cannot feed.