Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

August 9, 2015

Winter Butterfly

Filed under: Avondale,Insects — paul @ 8:27 am
Yellow Admiral (Kahukowhai)

Yellow Admiral (Kahukowhai)

A few days ago I was wandering through Chalmers Reserve, Avondale, when I came across this Yellow Admiral (kahukowhai) – only the second time ever that I saw one of them in the wild. About 5cm wingspan, this one was feeding on a hebe (koromiko), just long enough for me to grab a shot. These butterflies are native to New Zealand (and Australia and pacific islands), requiring nettles as food plant for their larvae.