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butterfly4

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September 12, 1985

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Garvie Mts @ 1500m male reared from case larvae in grassland-herbfield

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butterfly4

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December 14, 1986

Description

Three Sisters sand dune; caterpillars found on Pimelea lyallii and reared to produce new species of noctuid - Meterana nsp. aff. meyricci. also found at Mason Bay, Stewart Island and Tautuku Beach, The Catlins and on Codfish Island.

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butterfly4

Date

January 8, 1987

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Large, diurnal geometrid over bare rock and sparse herbfield on Eyre Mts

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butterfly4

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January 8, 1987

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Fully grown caterpillar of D. hectori on small speargrass species

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butterfly4

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January 8, 1989

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St Marys Range; sunbathing on Awakino skifield road at 1400m; diurnal

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butterfly4

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March 1, 1980

Description

Common diurnal geometrid over sphagnum wetlands; larvae on Empodisma

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butterfly4

Date

January 24, 1987

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Danseys Pass; bred from caterpillars on Pimelea sub-shrubs. Southern form of N. regilla - probably un-named species. Rare in Otago. Diurnal adults in indigenous grassland-herbfield

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butterfly4

Date

December 6, 1986

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Flagstaff Hill, Dunedin 650m; diurnal in snow tussock-herbfield area; locally abundant

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butterfly4

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December 4, 1982

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Maungatua summit 900m; larvae on Pimelea. Locally common flying by day in open herbfield-grassland

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butterfly4

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October 30, 1988

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several males flying on sunny day over lichen-encrusted schist tors near Sutton, Strath Taieri, Otago.

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butterfly4

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December 5, 1988

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Adults in Mason Bay sand dunes with caterpillars feeding on Pimelea lyallii

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butterfly4

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February 5, 2020 03:58 PM NZDT

Description

Part of Daphne moth set issued by NZ Post Feb 2020

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Winter Copper Lycaena 'canterbury common copper'

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butterfly4

Date

the past

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two females in perfect condition sunbathing in this wonderful habitat with abundant pohuehue for their caterpillars. Living up to its new common name and flying in Mid-Winter in Christchurch!

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Copper Butterflies Genus Lycaena

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butterfly4

Date

the past

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The three coppers - Lycaena species - found on roadsides in this area of Mid-Canterbury over the summer months on roadside pohuehue

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butterfly4

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June 9, 2020

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Larval mines common on pohuehue Muehlenbeckia australis on roadside clumps of vines

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butterfly4

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December 4, 2010 03:20 PM NZDT

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1420m on Old Man range flying by day

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butterfly4

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March 9, 2011 03:05 PM NZDT

Description

at 1380m in cushion wetland on Old Man Range, Central Otago; diurnal and locally numerous

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butterfly4

Date

December 25, 2014 08:51 PM NZDT

Description

Diurnal in the summit herbfield of Mount Herbert, Banks Peninsula - its new northern distributional limit; 800-900m

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butterfly4

Date

December 25, 2014 08:53 PM NZDT

Description

Mt Herbert summit herbfield; new diurnal geometrid at 850-900m

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butterfly4

Date

October 23, 2014 12:51 PM NZDT

Description

Diurnal geometrid with caterpillars on various speargrass species

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Alpine Shield Bug Hypsithocus hudsonae

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butterfly4

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February 13, 1997 02:33 PM NZDT

Description

several of this large flightless and Threatened black high alpine bug on cushion plants at 2000m

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butterfly4

Date

February 20, 2019 02:29 PM NZDT

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Diurnal on white gravels with hostplant Pimelea sprawling shrubs

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Winter Copper Lycaena 'canterbury common copper'

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butterfly4

Date

May 30, 2020 03:40 PM NZST

Description

The winter-emerging copper butterfly of Canterbury, NZ

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butterfly4

Date

May 4, 2020 01:19 PM NZST

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Attractive and distinctive herb, uncommon in dry grasslands. Saw only six examples between Pound and Conservators Road. Certainly looks indigenous?

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butterfly4

Date

October 21, 2012 07:11 AM NZDT

Description

Larval silk working common on matagouri and adult moths abundant too

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butterfly4

Date

March 6, 2004 02:05 PM NZDT

Description

dayflying in wetlands in White Burn, 800m Von River - South Branch area OL

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New Zealand Blue Zizina oxleyi

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butterfly4

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January 30, 2014 10:50 AM NZDT

Description

mating pair of this distinctive NZ endemic blue

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butterfly4

Date

February 15, 2020 11:54 AM NZDT

Description

Notoreas elegans

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Rauparaha's Copper Lycaena rauparaha

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butterfly4

Date

November 29, 2014 04:04 PM NZDT

Description

The chocolate-colored underside to the hindwings is diagnostic for this rare eastern South Island species of copper butterfly. Caterpillars on Muehlenbeckia complexa. Both South Island glade copper and Canterbury Common copper are present on these roadside patches of pohuehue too.

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butterfly4

Date

January 29, 2013

Description

On 29 January 2013 I found the first adult known of this species during my lunchtime walk in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens NZ native forest section. Over the following weeks i worked out its life history on the nearby Teucrium shrubs on which it starts out as a leaf miner. We described it as a new species in 2019. The first southern hemispheric record of this genus, and a specialist on the genus of plants its con-generic species feed on in the northern hemisphere - very neat!
Now in February 2020 the Botanic Gardens have erected a panel beside the moths' hostplant telling its story.

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