Author Archives: Jacqui

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 […]

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

Auckland / Blockhouse Bay / 2017-07-04 23:00:00

100’s of monarchs

Auckland / Onehunga / 2017-06-10 14:00:00

200? monarchs overwintering in monkey puzzle tree

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.

Auckland / Blockhouse Bay / 2017-02-28 14:00:00

laying eggs on my nettles