It pays to always have your camera handy. A few nights ago a friend and I were wandering in the half light towards a movie theatre when a man approached us with his hand extended as if he wanted us to look at it. Which, of course, we did. At first I thought it was a small green frog (the light was very dim, it shows a lot clearer in the photo).
At the time we thought it was a Kauri Moth but it has since been identified as a Puriri Moth. They bore holes in large trees, mainly the puriri. Like most moths they come out at night, and they only live for a few days. They are not exactly beautiful creatures but they are a distinctive green colour and quite large for a moth, really.
At least seeing the moth was interesting which is more than I can say for the movie we went to see - "Leaving". My friend and I must be terribly lacking in sensitivity - we came away laughing from a film that was supposed to portray an undeniable passion which lead to a tragic end.
Give me a good moth any day!