5 Mar 2021

Critter of the Week Lichen tuft moth - Izatha psychra

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:35 pm on 5 March 2021

This week’s critter is Izatha psychra, a species of lichen tuft moth found only in the Pukaki Scientific Reserve and feared to be extinct after fire ripped through the Reserve last August. Less than a dozen males have ever been found and no-one has seen the ladies—which might be fair enough when your mate has a spiky phallus!

Mid Canterbury Lichen Tuft Moth (Izatha Psychra)

Mid Canterbury Lichen Tuft Moth (Izatha Psychra) Photo: Birgit Rhode, Manaaki Whenua

Get the RNZ app

for easy access to all your favourite programmes

Subscribe to Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Podcast (MP3) Oggcast (Vorbis)