Story: Butterflies and moths

Monarch caterpillar

Monarch caterpillar

This caterpillar (larva) of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is eating a leaf that it is holding. It is not only adult monarchs that look striking. The larva have conspicuous bands of black, white and yellow. The species was self-introduced to New Zealand – it was first recorded in New Zealand in 1873, having island-hopped its way across the Pacific Ocean from North America.

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Brian Patrick, 'Butterflies and moths - Habitat and ecological roles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Brian Patrick, published 24 Sep 2007