Author Archives: Jacqui

Alison’s suggestions for wasp traps

See Alison’s forum post: Paper wasps enticing nests being provided

Pukekohe / / 2019-06-21 16:00:00

Overwintering cluster in tall tree very high up

Auckland / Blockhouse Bay / 2019-03-12 13:00:00


Brown monarch larva

Jolanda Stachyshyn in Gisborne sent us these photos of a monarch caterpillar which has brown stripes instead of black. First time we’ve heard of it! Jolanda had been raising monarchs for over twenty years in Auckland before starting again in Gisborne.

Survey, December 2018

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Hamilton / Nawton / 2018-12-01 19:00:00

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Auckland / Takapuna / 2018-11-29 08:00:00

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Auckland / Henderson / 2018-11-25 13:00:00

Raising Yellow Admirals

Terry shared these photos of sterilising eggs and refrigerating them. The photos show small larvae emerging from eggs after removing plastic boxes from refrigerator. You can see the eggs at the base of boxes and the larvae climbing up the sides. The photos were only done on my mobile phone so are poor quality but […]

Design for a butterfly house

Norm Twigge’s butterfly house at Te Puna Quarry Park. The shade cloth is just the standard green shade cloth available from Bunnings, Mitre 10 etc. The Biodynamic Unit at Lincoln University also have shadecloth for sale with a mesh of 0.6mm. It’s important that the mesh keep out wasps (and other predators and parasites). Black gives […]