Category Archives: Monarchs

Information about the Monarch butterfly, its host plants, parasites and predators.

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 […]

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.

Template for Flight of the Butterflies sculpture

Here is the template to create butterflies to add to our overwintering colony. Template for butterflies Print off the A4 template and then separate the eight rectangles with the butterfly […]

Mating Monarchs Tauranga Bay 8 June 2013

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Oe (Ophryocystis elektroscirrha)

Friends at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA, gave us permission to upload a presentation about this Protozoan parasite that affects Monarch butterflies […]

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Possible OE infected butterfly

As discussed with Jacqui. Found this butterfly sandwiched between two layers of windbreaker material. Had hatched from its chrysalis that was made between the two layers and I had no […]

Sick Monarch?

Closeups of a Fresh seed

6 shots of the SAME seed from different angles with a bit of added lighting. The swan the seed was taken from was just starting to split at the tip […]

Good and bad seeds

I have no qualifications in seed grading, but the seeds in the attached photograph that are underlined in yellow (three of them I think) I would classify as being the […]