Author Archives: Jacqui

Great butterfly house!

Here’s a great butterfly house configuration – it’s the best that I have ever used. I bought this one second-hand; the photo was taken the day I collected it. They can be purchased from Redpath, the manufacturer, in Palmerston North, as a kitset and are relatively easy to put together. The one above is merely a […]

Praying mantis eating a pupa

These photos were sent to us today by Karen and concerned friends at Little Einsteins Montessori. She said: “One of our budding little butterfly guardians was very upset to find that a praying mantis was actually eating ‘her’ chrysalis. Is a PM a natural predator of the lifecycle of a butterfly – or a pest? […]

Whakatane Beacon photo

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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