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    Jacqui
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    Free Seeds

    Following the success of our earlier free seed offer, we now have another beauty for you: two DIFFERENT butterfly plants. Read on to find out more…

    Tagging

    We know that some of you are excited about tagging and it will begin on 1 March – not long now. Tags should be available in the next few weeks. We are still working on finding a sponsor for the practice butterflies and cards which were so well received last year. Please be patient and don’t order tags until you see they are available. Watch out for messages in the forum announcing tags are available.

    Car

    We are involved in several exciting educational and conservation initiatives taking place over the next few months. One thing that has hampered us is our dependence on others for transport.

    The trustees have considered various options and we are currently looking to purchase a vehicle which would meet our needs, if we can raise $5000 for the purpose. We are calling on donations or pledges – we are sure some of you would be happy to give us $10 towards this, and those who give more than $50 would be able to have their name and a butterfly painted along the side.

    Jacqui did own and use her own vehicle for the MBNZT’s work some years ago and as it was covered in butterflies it raised considerable interest (see the photo). However, at the present time she is dependent on volunteers to get her to and from places and when it involves plants and caterpillars, as well as our display material it is very difficult.

    If you would like to make a donation for this specific purpose it can be banked into our No. 2 account with Kiwibank, 38-9009-0654693-02. If you are mailing the donation, the envelope should be addressed to “Car Fund” at the address below. Make sure we know who the donation is from, and if your donation is more than $50 please email the name to be painted on the side of the vehicle to @monarch.org.nz">trust@monarch.org.nz.

    With a car we should be able to fit in more visits to schools, something that is SO important. Young minds are so impressionable so a great time to be getting them aware of biodiversity and caring for Nature.

    AGM and Admiral Workshop

    Our Annual General Meeting is being held on Saturday, 22 March at 1.30pm and will be followed by a workshop on How you can help New Zealand’s Admirals by lepidopterist Norm Twigge. More information to come – but you can check out the latest information on our website’s Coming Events.

    Coming Events

    There will be a display of butterflies at the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch, 26 February to 2 March. As well, we will be participating in a fantastic event for schools called ‘Eye on Nature’ to be held at the Auckland Botanic Gardens between 9 and 12 April. The Saturday is for families, so we’d love to see you there!

    Autumn Magazine

    We’re currently working on the Autumn issue of BUTTERFLIES, and it’s going to be a bumper issue! It includes articles about Raising Painted Ladies, Plume Moths, an inside backgrounder on the Monarchs in North America and much more. If you wish to receive this magazine four times a year, please click HERE to join up. So much information to share with you… The Autumn magazine will be in the mail at the end of the month.

    Free Seeds

    I love being able to share seeds free with you. And here’s the latest!

    Tweedia or Oxypetalum caeruleum is related to milkweed. It is loved for its sky blue star-shaped flowers and grey-green felted leaves and can also be used as an alternative host plant for Monarchs. The flowers are also rich in nectar.

    In NZ’s temperate climate it’s more like an annual preferring full sun and moist soil.

    The other seed is Vigna caracalla or Snail Vine, which also goes under the name of Phaseolus caracalla. We have offered this one before and replies just kept coming… so we’ve got some more of the seed.

    The perfume of the creamy-white-pink-purple flowers is breathtaking. The flowers look like delicate curly snail shells. And it is a host plant for the long-tailed blue butterfly, Lampides boeticus (as shown in the picture).

    Supplies of both of these seeds are limited but if you’d like some here’s what to do:

    1. Make sure you’re a financial member. If you’re not, it is only $25 to read each quarterly magazine on-line, or $35 to receive them in the mail. Join up HERE.

    2. Send us a DLE envelope addressed to yourself, and with postage stamp attached, and write on the outside if you want both, or Tweedia or Snail Vine, to:

    FREE SEEDS, PO Box 44100, Pt Chevalier, Auckland 1246

    Remember, stocks are limited so make your move now!

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