What you can do

Creating a butterfly-friendly district is easy.

It’s simply a matter of planting key food plants, and encouraging your local authorities to do the same in nearby parks and gardens.  Native butterflies need their larval food plants.  They cannot exist in places where the plants are missing!

If you would like to create a butterfly friendly area near Auckland, please contact Rob Jones at rob.jones@xtra.co.nz. He will get the plants to you for a small koha. It is also possible to protect some of the butterflies from parasitic wasps by building breeding boxes, removing wasp nests, or covering food plants to keep the caterpillars out of harm’s way.

A good set of guidelines can be found here.

Wasps are mainly active during late spring and early autumn, so it is best to bring older caterpillars or pupae indoors during this time.

Winter broods can usually fend for themselves as wasp numbers are very low during the colder months. If you are proud of your butterfly garden and would like to encourage others to establish butterfly habitat as well, you can have your backyard certified and receive a special plaque.

For more information please visit: http://www.monarch.org.nz/monarch/projects/certified-butterfly-gardenhab....