Kōrero: Butterflies and moths

Yellow admiral butterfly

Yellow admiral butterfly

This yellow admiral butterfly (Vanessa itea) is feeding on nectar. Specimens were first collected in 1769–70, when Captain James Cook circumnavigated New Zealand in the Endeavour. These butterflies are strong fliers, and are found throughout most of the country, including Stewart Island. They also occur in Australia, and it is thought that they make regular crossings of the Tasman Sea.

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Photograph by John Marris, Lincoln University

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Brian Patrick, 'Butterflies and moths - Species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10546/yellow-admiral-butterfly (accessed 19 January 2020)

He kōrero nā Brian Patrick, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007