Story: Insects – overview

Monarch butterflies

Monarch butterflies

These monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are wintering over on a tōtara tree in Nelson. They favour the tree’s sheltered side and hang motionless for days when the weather is cool. When the sun shines, they fly in search of nectar.

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George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - Long-distance travellers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007