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Black mountain ringlet butterfly (Percnodaimon merula)

Last Modified: 11-4-2020 18:57

Black mountain ringlet butterfly (Percnodaimon merula)
Black mountain ringlet butterfly (Percnodaimon merula)

The black mountain ringlet butterfly or pepe pouri in te reo Māori (Percnodaimon merula) is a native butterfly found only in alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. The butterfly is moderately large compared to other common native butterflies, being a little larger than the introduced cabbage white butterfly, and having distinctive spots on its dark brown, almost black, wings. It can be found throughout Marlborough at higher altitudes, typically above 800m, on areas of scree. The adult butterflies are active during the summer months and are thought to live for up to about three years.

This example was observed on the Black Birch Range in the Awatere Valley.

Location: Latitude: -41.748501 Longitude: 173.785553

Image Date: 15/12/2018

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

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