Australian painted lady, Island Bay

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Michael Szabo
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Australian painted lady, Island Bay

Postby Michael Szabo » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:09 pm

I saw an Australian painted lady butterfly feeding on some small white flowers by the coastal path about an hour ago here in Island Bay, Wellington. Given the recent record of 2-4 in Makara in late December there may be others around.
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Re: Australian painted lady, Island Bay

Postby Ian Southey » Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:31 pm

Saw one at Miranda feeding on Fennel flowers this morning.

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Re: Australian painted lady, Island Bay

Postby David Riddell » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:27 pm

There was a painted lady on our lawn this afternoon, flitting between the dandelion flowers, first I've seen in many years. Knew there was a reason for not mowing the lawn...
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Re: Australian painted lady, Island Bay

Postby Jan » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:42 am

Anyone know if they come down South ever? I'm always on the look out in Christchurch.
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Re: Australian painted lady, Island Bay

Postby Nick Allen » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:33 pm

Saw one at Gillespies Beach, coastwards of Fox Glacier a few years ago.
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Re: Australian painted lady, Island Bay

Postby David Riddell » Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:02 am

Looking at NatureWatch (http://naturewatch.org.nz/taxa/197077-Vanessa-kershawi), there are three records from Christchurch, and the odd one as far south as Bluff, so keep looking Jan!
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Re: Australian painted lady, Island Bay

Postby Jan » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:44 am

Thanks, both replies. Very encouraging.
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Re: Australian painted lady, Island Bay

Postby David Riddell » Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:39 pm

Just saw a painted lady fly by. Only saw it for a second before the wind took it over the roof of the house (Gordonton, Waikato), but it came very close to me and I'm sure that's what it was. With all these strong westerlies it could be worth keeping an eye out for more Australian butterflies.
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Re: Australian painted lady, Island Bay

Postby Colin Miskelly » Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:04 pm

Alan Tennyson & I saw one at Lake George, Colac Bay on 14 Nov.

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Re: Australian painted lady, Island Bay

Postby sav » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:50 pm

I had one on 7 Nov at the NZ Falcon site in Albert Town nera Wanaka.

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