Story: Butterflies and moths

Boulder butterfly pair

Boulder butterfly pair

These boulder butterflies (Lycaena boldenarum) display their camouflaged undersides. The depth of colour varies according to the habitat. Although this species is classed as a copper butterfly, males have an almost purple, iridescent lustre on their wings. It is New Zealand’s smallest butterfly, with a wingspan of 1 centimetre.

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Photograph by Gregory H. Sherley

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Brian Patrick, 'Butterflies and moths - Life cycle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 September 2021)

Story by Brian Patrick, published 24 Sep 2007