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Inspire others with your passion for butterflies. If you want to write anything on the subject from a poem to a full scale zoological report, then nzButterfly.info would love to host this content to help with informing and inspiring others into the passion of being a lepidopterist. nzButterfly.info would especially like to have any gardening advice, ranging from best practice for growing food and nectar plants to which flowers really appeal to your local butterflies.
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Female Common Copper with
Male Boulder Copper
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There has never being any large scale surveys in New Zealand for Butterflies. nzButterfly.info has teamed up up with iNaturalist NZ to survey New Zealand's Butterflies. Start today by filling in the sighting report form.
Growing food and nectar plants in you garden won't just bring butterflies to you, but will also help increase their low numbers. Remember, you need to plant both the caterpillars foodplant as well as flowers rich in nectar. Easy to grow foodplants are;
Clover and Trefoil
Leave a patch of your lawn with Clovers (Trifolium spp) and Trefoils (Lotus spp) to grow more. The Common and Southern Blue butterflies will love the undisturbed patch for their young. Plus these plants provide nectar for several species of insects.
Milkweed and Swan Plant
Everyone loves the Monarch. Milkweed and Swan Plants are as easy to grow as the Nettle! They are ideal for encouraging the children to begin an interest in gardening for Butterflies as they provide food and nectar.
Grow some Muehlenbeckia/Pohuehue for the Copper Butterflies. This vine hosts the most biodiversity of any plant in New Zealand, so will attract more then just Butterflies. Muehlenbeckia is easy to grow & best on a fence or trellis.
Most people treat these herbs as weeds and this is causing a shortage of food for two of our most common garden visitors, the Red and Yellow Admiral amongst a few moths that also have nettles as a food plant. If you want to control growth, then Nettles can be trimmed, but mind the caterpillars! Maybe grow in pots, as this make handling them easier as well as keep them in a suitable place.
If you have recent distribution data that you would like to share, then please Contact nzButterfly.info with details. This would be good starting material for the surveying mentioned above.