Butterfly Gardening/Habitat Course

It’s amazing how much we THOUGHT we know about butterflies and moths… but we’re always learning. These are questions often asked by new members who come to our site.

“I thought butterflies only lived for a day… and that you couldn’t touch their wings or you’d kill them!”

“What’s the difference between moths and butterflies?”

“What plants do butterflies need, besides ‘swan plants’?”

“How can we attract the beautiful red admiral into our garden?”

“Why should I deadhead my nectar plants?”

The questions are all answered in the “Create Butterfly Habitat” course online.

The lessons are available on line, suitable for a big screen or your mobile phone. At the end of each lesson a test is completed, then the five tests are sent by post to the MBNZT. The course starts on receipt of payment in full. Certificates are mailed out within 1-2 weeks of receiving your completed test.

Lesson 1:
Typical butterfly – understanding metamorphosis (life cycle) – identification of the different parts of a caterpillar and butterfly – different species which can be encouraged in a NZ garden/habitat

Lesson 2:
Garden design to encourage butterflies and moths – making the best use of the space you have available

Lesson 3:
Host plants

Lesson 4:
Nectar plants

Lesson 5:
Challenges – pests, predators, diseases

The course is only $40 for members and $55 for non-members. The latter includes a one-year subscription to BUTTERFLIES magazine on line. While the course is designed for a New Zealand audience it will still be good value if you live outside the country.

Enrolments by email to treasurer@nzbutterflies.org.nz

Please tell us:

# Name (for certificate)

# Address (for mail)

# Email address that you will use consistently for the duration*

# How/when your payment has been made

Pay by internet banking into the MBNZT bank account at Kiwibank 38-9009-0654693-00 and code your payment with your surname. On receipt of your payment you will be sent a link to the course materials.

* School and government department email addresses are not recommended as many of these servers block recipients from downloading material not pre-approved. Please use a personal email address.


Here’s a sample of feedback about the course:

“I have learned lots on the course, especially the sections on host and nectar plants and pests I couldn’t believe there are so many introduced predators. We don’t really have many wasps in Chch. Also the Garden Design section was really helpful and I would like to suggest that an the individually garden plan could be an “end of course” assignment (would need extra time to complete this). I really found the material beautifully presented.”

“Really enjoyed the course. Made me realise how much I actually already know. I am hopeless with all the Latin names of plants, not just these ones, just in general. Then to think I did Latin at school!  I would like to see the part about garden planning nearer the end of the course, after we have learned a few things about plants/pests etc. The actual garden plan might change quite about once you are loaded with knowledge.”

“As a former librarian and now a teacher, I can’t speak highly enough about the course – the links all worked, the structure was logical, supporting URLs worked, the layout of the slides was clear, images supported and extended my learning, sources were acknowledged and the cost was very reasonable. A course I will recommend to others!”