Category Archives: Photographs

These days it is easy to share your photographs on line. Please send photographs to for uploading. Low resolution (72dpi) are best. If there are flowers it is helpful to name them for other members’ information. Were the Monarchs nectaring on them? Or just resting and enjoying the warm weather?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wasp attacking a monarch?

Hello, I raised and tagged 20 monarchs over March and April and as it was my first time doing this I probably took hundreds of photos. I usually shoot them […]

Totara Tree for Wintering monarchs

While visiting Hawera,  locals pointed out two Totara trees where monach butterflies like to winter over every year. They are located in King Edward Park. There were not any there […]

Very Proud of our babies.

This has been a fascinating study for us. Lots of caterpillars. We have watched them climb the wooden fence, over the back and disappear to eventually birth into a beautiful […]

Small beetle attacked monarch cat

Today this small beetle was seen attacking a little monarch caterpillar, sucking the juice out of it. The beetle is 8 mm long. We are not aware of having seen […]

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Monarch larva

Thanks Deana Ghazaly for the beautiful photo of a monarch larvae about to munch an aphid!