Marlborough Insects

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Insects are the largest group of animal species in the world, with many species endemic to  New Zealand, including a number found only in Marlborough. Insects can be found from sea level to alpine environments, with some uniquely adapted to inhabit aquatic environments including steams, rivers, lakes, and ponds.

In Marlborough, introduced honey bees play an important role in the economy producing honey and fertilising crops, while the endemic beech scale insect produces honey dew that bees collect to produce New Zealand's unique honeydew honey.

Some insects are major pest species such as accidentally introduced wasps.

Others, such as the highly endanged daisy mat jumper, are found nowhere else in the world outside of Marlborough.

Anachloris subochraria

Anachloris subochraria (Golden Grass Carpet)

A. subochraria is a small moth native to New Zealand and parts of Australia.

Austrolestes colensonis  Kēkēwai / Blue Damselfly

Austrolestes colensonis Kēkēwai / Blue Damselfly

Kēkēwai / Blue Damselfly is New Zealand's largest endemic damselfly, with the common name derived from the males' distinctive blue colour.

Black mountain ringlet butterfly (Percnodaimon merula)

Black mountain ringlet butterfly

The black mountain ringlet butterfly is a native butterfly found only in alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand.

Coastal Copper butterfly in Wither Hills Farm Park

Copper butterfly

The coastal copper butterfly (Lycaena salustius) is a small butterfly endemic to New Zealand, found throughout the country.

Nyctemera annulata (Magpie moth)

Nyctemera annulata (Magpie moth)

Nyctemera annulata (Magpie moth) is a medium sized moth endemic to New Zealand with larvae that feed on members of the daisy family.

Pterophorus innotatalis

Pterophorus innotatalis

Pterophorus innotatalis is a member of the Pterophoridae (plume moth) family, endemic to New Zealand

Scopula rubraria (Plantain moth)

Scopula rubraria (Plantain Moth)

Scopula rubraria (Plantain Moth) is a small moth native to New Zealand, Australia, and New Caledonia.

Male Xanthocnemis zealandica

Xanthocnemis zealandica - Red Damselfly

Xanthocnemis zealandica commonly known as red damselfly, is the commonest of New Zealand's six species of damselflies