Story: Butterflies and moths

Copper butterfly

Copper butterfly

This female copper butterfly rests on pōhuehue. These pretty butterflies are most often seen near the coast. Eggs are laid on the undersides of pōhuehue leaves, which is the larvae’s main food. Adults have a short, jerky flight.

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Photograph by Rod Morris

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Brian Patrick, 'Butterflies and moths - Species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Brian Patrick, published 24 Sep 2007