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Forest Ringlet Connections
Aug 04, 2022

I love how butterflies introduce me to very special people… For some years I’ve been trying to find out the name in Te Reo of our beautiful forest ringlet butterfly. […]

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More Magnificent Monarchs
Aug 03, 2022

It’s critical everyone understand that when you have hungry caterpillars later in the season you MUST NOT depend on buying plants for food. You need to plant well in advance! Get plants well established […]

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Frosts
May 20, 2022

During winter frosts occur on clear, still nights. As the air outdoors gets closer to freezing (0o C), the surface temperature of your plants can go below freezing causing ice […]

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Conversation with Sara Dykman
Mar 25, 2022

Imagine biking from Mexico to Canada and back again, with no support crew… just millions of monarchs to guide and encourage you. Sara Dykman wanted to raise awareness of the […]

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Guest Post: Marion Leahy
Mar 18, 2022

We love hearing from our members. Marion Leahy wrote to us recently about raising monarchs. This is what she shared with us: I began studying the monarch butterfly life cycle […]

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Wasps!
Jan 07, 2022

There are about 2,000 species of wasp in NZ and the five species that are a nuisance to us humans give the others a bad name. If you are encouraging […]

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Monarchs on pumpkin? No!
Dec 26, 2021

Have you run out of milkweed (swan plant) and been tempted to feed them an alternative? Please don’t do it. Monarchs are milkweed butterflies, and their host plant is milkweed. […]

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Aphids
Dec 04, 2021

Aphids are very much a part of the complex natural jigsaw that is your garden. We need to understand the part they play in a ‘butterfly habitat’. In an earlier […]

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The T-shirt Contest
Nov 26, 2021

There were five entries in our T-shirt contest which we ran in conjunction with Print Mighty. The winner will receive their T-shirt printed free of charge, colour and style according to […]

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