Category Archives: Butterfly Chat

Updates on fundraising and membership of the Trust.

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

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

We would like to know more about our followers and members. Would you take a minute to answer a few questions? You can either complete the form by downloading it, adding comments and then scanning and emailing it to – or mailing it to PO Box 44.100, Pt Chevalier, Auckland 1246. Or you can […]

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

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.