We know you are fascinated by Monarch butterflies… just like us! We are here to conserve New Zealand’s biodiversity so that our butterflies and moths, and their habitat are enhanced and protected to benefit present and future New Zealanders.
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Read a sample copy of our magazine by clicking on this link here.

See a video about our work here.

Feeding Monarch Larvae…

Monarch eggs are laid on milkweed such as the swan plant. In the two weeks that follow the Monarch caterpillar (or larva) will grow almost 3000 times in size. As you can imagine you are going to need lots of host plant!


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This website is a rich resource of information to help you learn more. Our Frequently Asked Questions area answers common questions; such as telling the difference between butterflies and moths, and conservation of butterflies etc.

You can also access our FORUM and can leave queries for help from our experienced members, or leave information to share with others.

And here you can find out more about our next CREATE BUTTERFLY HABITAT ON LINE COURSE.

How you can help

Some butterflies and moths are already at risk from environmental factors. You can help by becoming a member of the MBNZT. Your small subscription goes towards our many projects such as the tagging project, and helps us continue our work to protect and learn more about NZ’s endemic and native butterflies and moths, and habitat. Plus as a member you will receive information-packed newsletters throughout the year so you can learn more about how butterflies and moths behave, upcoming Trust activities and events, along with tips and hints on making your garden more butterfly-friendly.

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Take our challenge!

Can you recognise some of NZ butterflies and moths?  Take our challenge and find out. See if you can identify which is which by viewing our colourful stickers here

…and then check your answers here