'My interest in moths really goes back to my father, who used to collect butterflies as a hobby,' says Robert Hoare. With a Biology degree and a PhD in Insect Systematics, Robert currently works in Auckland as an invertebrate systematist at Landcare Research. He has published several scientific papers, as well as Larger Moths of New Zealand, an image gallery and online guide (Landcare Research 2011). Originally from England, Olivier 'Olly' Ball took a PhD (Waikato University) in insect-fungi relationships and spent several years as a research scientist with AgResearch, and is the sole or joint author of several journal and conference papers. Currently Olly is a senior tutor at NorthTec/Tai Tokerau Wananga in Whangarei, lecturing in the Conservation and Environmental Management Programme.