Introduced by Manaaki Whenua Landcare as a biocontrol for the pest plant, Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonicus), this very pretty butterfly was first brought to NZ in 2010. Trials were extensive to ensure it did not affect other plants or organisms. The butterfly is endemic to the island of Honshu in Japan.
Introduced by Manaaki Whenua Landcare as a biocontrol (2014).
Lonicera japonicus / Japanese honeysuckle
Pale yellow eggs laid singly on upper and lower leaves. 7 days.
28 days or much longer, sometimes overwintering. Newly hatched larvae are found on the tips of leaves, older caterpillars are green with brown horns.
Black and white on upper side, reddish-brown, silver and black stripes on underside.
As larvae, on the host plant.
The Honshu white admiral has been released in various sites around NZ by regional councils.