Forest Ringlet Project

The endemic forest ringlet (Dodonidia helmsii) is the only butterfly in its family, and it is only found in New Zealand. According to the scientific community, its future is endangered. The aim of this project is to conduct stage Two of a project to prevent extinction.

Over the past decade this iconic and beautiful butterfly has retreated from Auckland and Wellington regions and other areas of native habitat. No-one knows why it is in decline. Today it is only found in remote regions. Scientists do not have the capability or the funds to research why it is disappearing.

Read more about our project: Stage 1 (2016-7) and Stage 2 (2019-20)

Beautiful photos thanks to Zac Warren, 2019

Here’s where the forest ringlet has been found over recent years: