Gathan Beaga

wattle moth

We’d been keeping a lookout for more blue moon butterflies… but without success. We are three weeks later in the season than when we were here two years ago, and maybe all the butterfly debutantes have already come out.

Instead though, we came across one of these pretty things, which I have not noticed in Wellington:

wattle moth

Or rather, it was attached to the wall in the girls’ room last night and I had to get it out before they’d consent to even try sleeping in there.

It’s a wattle moth, also known as a moon moth on account of the eyes on the wings (according to Bella, reading from Andrew Crowe’s the Life-size Guide to Insects).

Those girls are quite the entomologists, these days.