Actias maenas (Malaysian moon moth)
Species: A. maenas
Binomial name: Actias maenas
Common names: Malaysian moon moth
We list this moth as a Pahiatua man imported, hatched and redistributed this species. He was fined $11,250 when sentenced in the Palmerston North District Court February 2017 for breaching the Biosecurity Act.
37 live caterpillar and 41 dead moths were found. It is thought the moths were unlikely to establish in New Zealand due to their tropical nature, but associated pathogens living on the moths could have been introduced.
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