Story: Butterflies and moths

Tussock butterfly (2nd of 3)

Tussock butterfly

Found in South Island tussock country, the tussock butterfly (Argyrophenga antipodum) is familiar to anyone who ventures into the Otago and Southland hills. The male is slightly larger than the female, and the patches on its wings are reddish brown, while those on the female’s are a light yellow. This specimen is in the Murchison Mountains, Fiordland.

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Photograph by Rod Morris

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Brian Patrick, 'Butterflies and moths - Habitat and ecological roles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 September 2020)

Story by Brian Patrick, published 24 Sep 2007