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Author Topic: Unknown butterfly in Lewis Pass  (Read 427 times)
lehcar
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« on: (13 Nov 2011) Sun 08:10 PM »

Hi. Today saw a unknown butterfly at Marble Hill/ start of Lake Daniel track/ where you can see the wall over the Alpine Fault at the North end of Lewis Pass. One had bright red  back wing and front wing was black with red spot and stripe, black body. Other was paler red/pink with black/brown.  Was in grass clearance near river and beech forest.
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« Reply #1 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.


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« Reply #2 on: (11 Jan 2012) Wed 01:09 PM »

Hi, saw what must be the same species beside the Whanganui River. I thought it was one of the Zygaena family, with which I am familiar from France, but after reading this post I see it must be the Cinamon moth.
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« Reply #3 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.
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