Painted lady butterflies, Wellington

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Painted lady butterflies, Wellington

Postby Colin Miskelly » Sat Sep 11, 2021 3:26 pm

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This morning I saw two recently-emerged painted lady butterflies on the Tip Track (off Happy Valley Rd, Owhiro Bay). Both were on wild mustard flowers, about 200 m below the stockyards.

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Re: Painted lady butterflies, Wellington

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Sat Sep 11, 2021 4:07 pm

Cool. I've only seen one, years ago. When you say recently-emerged, do you suspect locally in NZ? My limited understanding is that they might breed in the summer but they don't overwinter here.
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Re: Painted lady butterflies, Wellington

Postby Colin Miskelly » Sat Sep 11, 2021 4:45 pm

Kia ora Neil

They both looked pristine. Given that I saw two within 100 m, I suspect that they were locally-bred and had recently emerged. I don't know if they can overwinter inside a chrysalis, but that would be my guess.

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Re: Painted lady butterflies, Wellington

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:26 am

Interesting. Perhaps climate change has us on the edge of seeing a new butterfly established here.
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Re: Painted lady butterflies, Wellington

Postby Michael Szabo » Sat Sep 18, 2021 1:56 pm

I saw one in good condition on the coast in Island Bay also feeding on a flowering mustard plant a few years ago.
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