The very hungry kawakawa caterpillar

Kawakawa leaves are almost always covered in holes, but it can be astonishingly hard to find the critter that causes them: the caterpillar of the kawakawa looper moth.

Species: Kawakawa leaf (Piper excelsum), caterpillar of the kawakawa looper moth (Cleora scriptaria), kareao/supplejack seeds (Ripogonum scandens), leaves and fertile fronds of kiokio fern (Parablechnum novae-zelandiae), and white background of the underside of rangiora leaves (Brachyglottis repanda).

The fruit, leaves, and smooth, speckled, beautiful seeds of the NZ native vine supplejack

Underside of the leaves of the NZ native shrub rangiora

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