Butterfly Gardening/Habitat Course

Information about creating a butterfly garden/habitat is made available on line. At the end of each lesson a test is completed, and the five tests are sent by post to the MBNZT at the end of the course.

While it is recommended that the material be reviewed on a computer, it is also suitable for smartphones or other digital devices. Discussion takes place in the forum on our website.

Course starts on receipt of payment in full. Those who complete the five tests successfully receive a certificate, which are mailed out within a few weeks after the tests have been received.

Lesson 1:
Typical butterfly
Understanding metamorphosis (life cycle)
Identification of the different parts of a caterpillar and butterfly
Different species which can be encouraged in a NZ garden/habitat

Lesson 2:
Garden design to encourage butterflies and moths
Making the best use of the space you have available

Lesson 3:
Host plants

Lesson 4:
Nectar plants

Lesson 5:
Challenges – pests, predators, diseases

The cost for the course is $50 for MBNZT Financial Members and $55 for Non-Financial Members (but the latter includes an email membership). While the course is designed for a New Zealand audience it will still be good value if you live outside the country. Payment can be made by Paypal, US$60

Enrolments by email to treasurer@monarch.org.nz

Please tell us:

# Name (for certificate)

# Address (for mail)

# Email address that you will use consistently for the duration*

# How your payment has been made

You can pay by internet banking into our account with Kiwibank, account number 38-9009-0654693-00.  (Please ensure you code your payment with your surname and send an email to treasurer@monarch.org.nz with details of your name, address, how payment was made etc.)

-OR-  You can send your details and a cheque to MBNZT, PO Box 44100, Pt Chevalier, Auckland 1246

On receipt of your payment you will be sent a link to the course materials. We encourage anyone participating in the course to discuss what they are learning in the forum on our website.

* School and government department email addresses are not recommended as many of these servers block recipients from downloading material not pre-approved. Please use a personal email address.


Here’s a sample of feedback about the course:

“I have learned lots on the course, especially the sections on host and nectar plants and pests I couldn’t believe there are so many introduced predators. We don’t really have many wasps in Chch. Also the Garden Design section was really helpful and I would like to suggest that an the individually garden plan could be an “end of Course” assignment (would need extra time to complete this). I really found the material beautifully presented.”

“Really enjoyed the course. Made me realise how much I actually already know. I am hopeless with all the Latin names of plants, not just these ones, just in general. Then to think I did Latin at school!  I would like to see the part about garden planning nearer the end of the course, after we have learned a few things about plants/pests etc. The actual garden plan might change quite about once you are loaded with knowledge.”

“As a former librarian and now a teacher, I can’t speak highly enough about the course – the links all worked, the structure was logical, supporting URLs worked, the layout of the slides was clear, images supported and extended my learning, sources were acknowledged and the cost was very reasonable. A course I will recommend to others!”