Kōrero: 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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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10040628
Photograph by Gregory H. Sherley

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Brian Patrick, 'Butterflies and moths - Life cycle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10539/boulder-butterfly-pair (accessed 26 January 2022)

He kōrero nā Brian Patrick, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007