Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Rarest moth?

Titanomis sisyrota is probably the rarest moth in New Zealand.

  • Titanomis is quite big, with a wingspan of 55-63 mm.
  • Only 10 have ever been found, and none since 1959, when 1 was caught at floodlights on the Waipapa Dam.
  • Some other moths are known from fewer specimens, but most of these are very small, and easily overlooked.
  • So unusual is Titanomis that experts don't even know which group of moths it belongs to!