Category Archives: Butterfly Chat

Updates on fundraising and membership of the Trust.

Alison’s suggestions for wasp traps

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

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

We would like to know more about our followers and members. Would you take a minute to answer a few questions? You can either complete the form by downloading it, adding comments and then scanning and emailing it to – or mailing it to PO Box 44.100, Pt Chevalier, Auckland 1246. Or you can […]

Upcycling Challenge with Dalton’s Prizes

Kiwis are known for their ingenuity… and that often translates to the butterfly garden. In preparation for our stand at the NZ Flower and Garden Show this year we need your ideas as to how you recycle containers, tools and implements in your garden (or habitat) to make it more useful/successful in raising butterflies. You […]

Monarch on Montanoa grandfilora

Suspected poisoning?

Here are photos of Yvonne Wallis’ monarch caterpillars which she suspects have been eating sprayed swan plants. See forum post here: This forum post refers: Warning! careful where you buy swan plants

2017 Waitakere Home and Garden Show

Use this voucher to give you a 2 for the price of 1 discount on your entry to the Waitakere Home and Garden Show.

Stacey releasing tagged butterflies

It’s always fun to set butterflies free so after these had been tagged, a visitor from Australia got to release them.

Wasp Bait News

An interesting development from Entecol to potentially help us reduce the numbers of Vespula wasps. Wasp Bait News01  

Caterpillar skin still attached?

Hi, just letting you know of a successful outcome of our one and only monarch, it hatched today – one month after turning into a chrysalis. It seems to have a deformed back leg but otherwise doing it’s normal butterfly thing of just hanging to dry its wings out. Hopefully it flies away and has […]