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1  NZ's Butterfly forum / I've seen a unknown Butterfly, it looked like... / Re: Unknown butterfly in Lewis Pass on: (11 Jan 2012) Wed 05:14 PM
Hi & welcome,

The Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae) was brought here to control Ragwort (Senecio vulgaris) from Europe.

Another common day-flying moth is the Magpie Moth (Nyctemera annulata), which are similar looking to European species.

I'm not aware of any Zygaena in NZ, but wouldn't be surprised if there was.
2  NZ's Butterfly forum / I've seen a unknown Butterfly, it looked like... / Re: Unknown butterfly in Lewis Pass on: (14 Nov 2011) Mon 09:44 PM
Hi & welcome,

You are describing a Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae) which I have found in that location too. I don't have a great photo, but this is one I took on my last visit there in Jan 2010. If I remember correctly, the paler one is the female. They were introduced from Europe to control the pest plant,  Ragwort (Senecio spp).

I have also found Boulder & Common Copper butterflies at this location too. It's a neat place to look for butterflies & moths.
3  NZ's Butterfly forum / Research & Observations / Re: Climate change causing lifecycle disruption on: (07 Nov 2011) Mon 06:16 PM
Bear in mind, that Red Admirals can be seen all winter, then in spring the over-wintering larvae are emerging as imagines (adults).

Coppers, Blues & Ringlets would be better idicator species in NZ.
4  NZ's Butterfly forum / Research & Observations / Re: New Nettles found in China on: (07 Nov 2011) Mon 06:08 PM
Good point, they do look like Urtica incisa don't they!
5  NZ's Butterfly forum / Breeding / Caterpillar rearing guides on: (31 Oct 2011) Mon 04:23 PM
Just found 3 websites that have heaps of info about how to sucessfully rear Caterpillars. They are;
www.amentsoc.org/insects/caresheets/caterpillars.html
insected.arizona.edu/bflyrear.htm
www.rearing-butterflies.com

Let us all know what you think of these links & if you find others to list please.
6  NZ's Butterfly forum / Research & Observations / New Nettles found in China on: (09 Oct 2011) Sun 11:30 PM
Just found 2 articles about 7 new species of 'pre-historic' living Nettles found in the southern Chinese provinces of Guangxi & Yunnan (west of Hong Kong & north of Vietnam & Laos). No more spoilers, go read them at;

mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/30000-year-old-nettle-gardens-discovered-in-dark-chinese-

newscientist.com/article/dn21009-iceage-nettles-may-survive-in-dark-chinese-caves.html
7  NZ's Butterfly forum / Ask or answer a question / Re: Maori Names for NZ Butterflies on: (29 Aug 2011) Mon 01:36 PM
Just checked out a link I found ages ago, but it's not much help I think.

www.sanctuary.org.nz/Site/Conservation_and_Research/Natures_corner/2005/Early_autumn.aspx

Love to know how you get on with this topic Jane as I found it wasn't easy to find the names which I did.
8  NZ's Butterfly forum / Ask or answer a question / Re: unknown butterflies on: (04 Aug 2011) Thu 11:15 AM
Hi Wanny,

There is some which are confusing, like the Tussock's. Another good page is the ID Guide where there is lots of pictures of all the NZ butterflies. Best of luck working them all out, but just ask if you get stuck or are unsure of any.

I have a help guide to posting photos to the forum at Discuss.nzButterfly.info/index.php/topic,141.0.html if help is required.

Robert.
9  NZ's Butterfly forum / Ask or answer a question / Re: unknown butterflies on: (01 Aug 2011) Mon 09:51 AM
Hi,

Welcome. All names are listed on http://nzbutterfly.info/species.htm

Small photos can be posted on the forum.

Robert

Note: Your IP is suspicious on many lists, so if the material is not butterfly related, it & your account will be deleted!
10  NZ's Butterfly forum / Ask or answer a question / Re: Brian Patricks Butterfly Book on: (17 Jul 2011) Sun 06:39 PM
I think he will as he realises that I know people who are keen to get a copy.
11  NZ's Butterfly forum / Predators & Parasites / Re: Red Dot on Admiral Larvae (Poss parasite?) on: (11 Jul 2011) Mon 03:06 PM
The Red dot is most problely Momorangia vallata.
George Gibbs mentions them on Argyrophenga (Tussocks) and other insects (p86).
12  NZ's Butterfly forum / Ask or answer a question / Re: Brian Patricks Butterfly Book on: (09 Jul 2011) Sat 01:59 PM
Got word back from Brian Patrick that his book is about to be published.
I assume he's trying to launch it for Spring at this point.
13  NZ's Butterfly forum / Ask or answer a question / Re: Threat to Tweedia! on: (28 Jun 2011) Tue 10:55 PM
Hi,
Yes I grow Tweedia. But it doesn't like wet Akl winters in pots.
I have had Monarchs lay eggs on it, but so far, never had enough Tweedia to see if they can mature on it. Will hopefully have enough plants next summer to see what happens when I don't move the day-old larvae.

Hopefully I have time tomorrow to email Richard too to voice my opinion.
14  NZ's Butterfly forum / Ask or answer a question / Re: Threat to Tweedia! on: (27 Jun 2011) Mon 01:11 PM
Hi Char,

Good find.
For those people that are growing Tweedia for Monarch's, I think they won't be happy. Be interesting to know if these Beetles attack Milkweeds too.

However, I have heard of worst things for dealing with Moth Plant that could effect Swan Plants too. I doubt this Beettle would be much of an problem for the average gardener, just like the Weevil for buddleia.
15  NZ's Butterfly forum / Ask or answer a question / Re: Historic distribution of the Ringlet group of butterflies on: (23 Jun 2011) Thu 09:14 PM
I can see the Tussocks extending their range on the mainland as tussock grasses, esp Red Tussock,  has become a fashionable plant on many reserves & gardens.

I don't see them making accross the Strait without help really, otherwise I'm sure there would already be populations in the Eastern Ranges.
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