Angie Gibbons – Wings1

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  • in reply to: Urtica ferox – Stinging nettle #27384

    Hi, Ongaonga is not to be eaten or used in medicine, the toxins are not able to be classified as safe.

    Urtica Incisa can be eaten of our native nettles.


    in reply to: Buddleia and Nettles #25969

    Hi Terry and CLinton
    Urtica Dioica – is a registed pest in NZ and there are fines for moving it.
    Surveillance Pest Plants
    These plants are prohibited from sale, propagation and distribution to prevent their establishment or spread. The ARC will ensure these species are not offered for sale by undertaking regular checks of retailers and growers. The ARC offers advice on control of these species and funds research into biological control options.

    Our native nettles are however easy to grow and provide great food for admirals.

    in reply to: Swallowtail butterfly seen in Auckland #25915

    I think I saw something like: Catopsilia pomona (lemon migrant) around the 4-6 jan 2010

    in reply to: The Twelve Buddleias of Christmas #25908

    They have a large range of nettles and flowering natives for our butterfly species. They have plants that are eco sourced (seed collected from spacific regions) and are able to post anywhere in NZ).

    Try some flowering species:
    lacebark – I have seen trees with
    hebes (non hybrid ones)

    Staff are great and very passionate about our native species.

    in reply to: Swallowtail butterfly seen in Auckland #25907

    Have you looked at the pacific species? Somoa, tonga etc?

    I saw at new year a large yellowy butterfly in te kaha east coast, to quick for me to catch!


    in reply to: The Twelve Buddleias of Christmas #25715

    Hi, thanks for the nomination.

    I would also like to add to the pot some slightly left field ones, but they have supported me in my efforts and as they say behind every great person is an even greater person!:

    Geoff Davidson – oratia native plant nursury (without geoff I would not have native nettle)

    Craig Sinclair – Auckland Domain Nursury (planting lots of nettle and for taking on the role to raise admirals at the domain)

    Terrance Smithers – not in NZ but still been a wonderful source of information and support for me getting started (I am sure if he got something he would find somewhere for it to be planted in NZ)

    Derek Craig – Howick Historic Village (Growing nettle and encouraging the village to get behind the admiral project, doing hands on releases with the admirals I raise with their volunteers)

    Also alot of the others nominated!

    in reply to: Source of Admiral eggs or caterpillars? #25659

    Will be able to keep Aucklanders with admirals, just send me an email. ( I work in Mt Roskill and live in Panmure)
    Also, Mangarere bridge have a look at ambury farm by the stables, I had been collecting admirals off the nettle by the stock yards a few months ago. They often spray so take all you can lay your hands on.
    I will be away till next weds then in auckland till mid jan, so will have plenty to give away in those weeks.

    Happy to take people on collecting trips so they know what they are looking for in the nettle.


    in reply to: Yellow Admirals made a visit!! #25618

    Great Char, As I have said before it can take 2-3 years so people need to wait! Now they are hear as long as you keep good supplies of nettles you should always have admirals. They will often lay in waves. Dont be scared to prune back nettle, young shoots give of a stronger smell than older shoots and this seems to attract the butterflies.

    I did a test with a patch, pruned half and then waited. Within 2 weeks the nettle had grown and was abundant, covered in eggs! the older nettle no eggs, even thou they were meters appart.

    in reply to: Terry's Admiral Project in Britain update? #25558

    Hi Terry
    Thanks for your updates AND thanks for sharing your info it means a lot to me and has helped me help so many others to raise admirals.
    Its great to get your knowledge and experience about our admirals as not many in NZ have taken on such a amazing project like yours.
    Thanks again!

    in reply to: Vote for Urtica ferox! #25530

    Hi All, you all have 5 votes, keep voting!

    in reply to: Vote for Urtica ferox! #25519

    Vote for all our native nettle!

    in reply to: Yellow Admirals #25298

    Hi We have plenty of Yellow admirals in Auckland and I know of sites in Henderson and west Auckland (my first Yellows came from Oratia). email me on

    You will need a mesh that is small enough to keep an ant out to truely keep them safe from wasps.


    in reply to: Nettle facts #24139

    Please note: in NZ Urtica Incisa is the only NZ native that has any history of being eaten used for medicine.

    DO NOT USE U.ferox in any way as it has toxins that are very different to U.dioica or any other eddible nettle.
    I would also recommend staying away from our other nettles as there has been no research that I know of to say they are safe to eat.

    U.dioica and U.urens are very safe to eat and use.


    in reply to: RED ADMIRALS – Any members raising red admirals #24009

    The nettle species will cross easily, so if you are wanting to save seed from one type, you need to make sure there is not another type flowering at the same time.

    in reply to: RED ADMIRALS – Any members raising red admirals #24001

    HI All
    I find in Auckland to keep all the wasps out you have to go to a fine mess like chiffon.

    The little wasps will sit on the nettle even if there are no eggs, cats or chrysalids about i have found.

    I thought the season was over for me then had hundreds of eggs laid in the last few weeks on nettle outside. I have U.incisa,dioica, australis and ferox, I find urens goes to seed to quick for me.

    Nettles need lots of food/nutriants, get someone to pee in a bucket and fill the rest up with water, then water nettles with it!

    This time of year watch out for snails eating your nettle, I do a couple of night petrols every few days.


    in reply to: RED ADMIRALS – Any members raising red admirals #23913

    Hi All
    Have not been here for a while and its great to see Admirals are still holding their own on the forum!

    I have not had any reds in Auckland this year even thou some of the colour options match what is supose to be red.

    Out of about 2000 admirals over the past 5 years I have only had 12 red in the auckland region.

    Norm did you ever contact the ones in Opotiki that had nettle?
    My dad in Te Kaha has had the odd red in the orchard, I wonder where the nettle is on the coast!

    I am finding more and more people in Auckland that have nettle and they are usually happy for me to collect eggs to raise to adulthood, then i try where ever possible to release these back to the area.

    Howick historic village this year had 3 cats on its nettle that I was able to take, raise and then the volunteers got to release the adults, I am hoping this site will soon become self sustaining. Any eggs laid at my place or spares from other sites are given as Chrysalids, they now have their own breeding box and release the ones that hatch into the garden.

    Another site a private house, after 3 years of releases, there is a fully self sustaining population of yellow admirals (grey Lynn) each time I visit there is at least 1or 2 flying and am now able to collect eggs from this site.

    To keep the wasps out, you need cages with tiny mesh like chiffon. As a group we need to somehow support habitat protection and restoration, education and research.


    in reply to: Praying mantids wanted #23342

    Hi Murray or Jackie, can anyone send me a phone number or email address to make contact. I have a few in containers now that are free to a good home.
    I am in panmure so if you drop off or I can arrange a pick up of more containers I can fill them for you and take away what i have.

    in reply to: Vote for nettle! Plant of the year #22335

    We came number 2! well done.

    21 Dec 2009

    The golden sand sedge ? pingao ? has won the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network?s 2009 favourite plant poll, and could be a valuable defence against climate change effects.

    The pingao topped more than 100 species in the annual poll. Network President Philippa Crisp said that pingao would become increasingly important in combating the effects of climate change, particularly as an increasing number of coastal homes came under threat

    ?If the global plan to fight climate change stalls and sea level rises occur, pingao will become even more important to New Zealanders because it plays an important role in stabilising sand dunes and creating a beach contour that is not so vulnerable to storm events and sea level rises,? Dr Crisp said. ?Pingao may be our only sustainable hope for coastal protection?.

    Thousands of votes were cast in the online poll, which closed today. The top ten included three species on the verge of extinction ? Bartlett?s rata (native to the far north), kakabeak (from the East Coast) and the fish guts plant (from Canterbury and Otago). It also included pohutukawa, two species of rata and the tree nettle ? famous for having killed a tramper in the 1960s.

    ?Fans of the tree nettle fought hard as they wanted to protect the habitat it provides for the red admiral butterfly,? said Dr Crisp.

    Pingao (or pikao as it is known in Otago) was also important because the yellow-green to orange leaves, when dried were used by Maori for weaving, Dr Crisp noted. Parts of the plant (fresh or dried) were also said to have medicinal properties.

    Results of the poll and voters? comments can be viewed on the Network?s new on-line plant encyclopaedia launched today (, which stores images and information about more than six thousand plant species.

    ?Built with Government assistance, this on-line encyclopaedia is the primary reference point for people wanting to learn more about plants,? said Dr Crisp.

    The Network?s website receives more than half a million visitors each year.

    in reply to: New To Admirals and raising indoors #22256

    in reply to: Vote for nettle! Plant of the year #22255

    Hi All the voting is going well, we need you to use up all your 5 votes!

    Have a read of some of the responses, they are priceless!

    Thank you for supporting out native nettles, here are our five species:

    Urtica aspera – South island nettle

    Southern nettle, onga (Chatham I. only)Urtica australis

    Ongaonga, tree nettle Urtica ferox

    Scrub nettle – Urtica incisa

    swamp nettle Urtica linearifolia – This plant is in steady decline and we need to support its protection.

    Get voting!


    in reply to: Vote for nettle! Plant of the year #22218

    You all get 5 votes and we have 5 native nettle species or just vote for your fav!

    in reply to: Onetree Hill Nettle and Admirals #22173

    I thought I had replied to this message, sorry if it ends up twice.

    I am not saying we should not promote or let people know where the site is, just that people need to be aware that they need to look after the site and help return adults to the area if they are taking cats.

    If we do not look after our butterfly areas there will not be any to see for the future generations.


    in reply to: No Butterflies, eggs or caterpillars – Mission Bay #22072

    Hi Aj Gaunt
    I have heaps in Panmure, if you want any email me on

    in reply to: Slugs and snails a problem? #21939

    Another option is 1/2 a teaspoon of yeast in water, i also had a little sugar has the same effect as beer and alot cheaper!

    in reply to: Care needed when around milkweed #21840

    Hi, eye still very sore. Char, if you still have probs in a few days I would see the doc and tell them about the milkweed.

    Symptons are very similar to conjunctivitis, but chemical burns from the milkweed have caused corneal abrasions. Ouchy ouch! I am going back to doc tomorrow.


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