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Copper butterfly (Lycaena salustius)

Last Modified: 11-4-2020 18:57

Coastal Copper butterfly in Wither Hills Farm Park
Coastal Copper butterfly in Wither Hills Farm Park
© Christopher Cookson  License this image

The copper butterfly (Lycaena salustius) is a small butterfly endemic to New Zealand, and found throughout the country. The butterflies can be found wherever the host plant for their larvae, Pōhuehue (Muehlenbeckia spp.), can be found. The adults have a wingspan of up to about 3cm, and are active from spring to autumn.

This example was observed in the Wither Hills Farm Park.

 

Image Date: 25/3/2018

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

Location: Latitude: -41.548943 Longitude: 173.965286

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