Ever heard of one? Neither had I until quite recently! I’ve found a few now, dotted around the garden, usually feeding on something I would quite like to preserve, but they’ve all been smaller than this 12cm long specimen I found the other day munching happily on an ornamental Phormium. I picked it off the plant, showed it to the family and then tried feeding it to the chooks but after one quick peck they weren’t interested. I guess it’s nice to have your food pre-packed for you, but where’s the opening?
Feeling intrigued I did some research and suspect that I have a Saunder’s Case Moth or Metura Elongata, which can take two years to pupate. Well, I was interested, even if you weren’t. It’s rather nice being an outsider and spotting weird and wonderful things around me.