Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch butterflies (danaus plexippus) are quite common in New Zealand. According to Landcare Research, they introduced themselves to the country in the 1860s. This larva sits on the seed capsule of the favoured host plant, the “swan plant” (Gomphocarpus fruticosus), and it will grow to about twice its present size before pupating.

In a previous life, Mrs H had a production line of monarchs that brought us lots of enjoyment. See some pictures here and here.

Check out the Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust site.