Category Archives: Butterfly Chat

Updates on fundraising and membership of the Trust.


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 […]

Guest Post: Marion Leahy

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 […]


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 […]

Monarchs on pumpkin? No!

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. […]


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 […]

The T-shirt Contest

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 […]


Over the past 4-5 weeks my cinerarias have been delighting me… and the occasional butterfly has stopped by to enjoy them too. Cinerarias are a winter-spring flowering annual, and once […]

The Blogging Business

How can New Zealanders save our butterflies, if they don’t know they exist?

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 […]

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 […]