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Dipping into the Nectar - Red Admiral Butterfly - NZ - Southland by AndreaEL

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The New Zealand Red Admiral (Vanessa gonerilla) is a butterfly that is endemic to New Zealand. The Māori name is kahukura which means red cloak. The Red Admiral is a member of the family Nymphalidae, the sub-family Nymphalinae as well as the tribe Nymphalini.
Butterflies and Moths of New Zealand, butterflies tend to be more highly regarded than moths because Butterflies are those charming ethereal creatures you see wafting by on bright sunny days. On the other hand, moths, being mostly nocturnal, are seldom seen. If you do happen to meet up with them, they are usually those little grey or brown jobs that end up in your soup when you are sitting around a campfire, or the thing that’s chewed holes in your best gear when you get it out for that special occasion. And of all the butterflies in New Zealand, the Monarch is probably the most highly regarded of all. It is a big beautiful orange, flies slowly, likes city gardens, and doesn’t eat your cabbages. So the Monarch is an excellent ambassador for getting people interested. Once you have fallen in love with the Monarch, and learn more about them, it is our hope that this interest will extend out to the other butterfly species of New Zealand, most of which are in far more danger than the Monarch. You might even find yourself seeing moths in a new light. After all, although there are some minor differences between moths and butterflies, both belong to the order of Lepidoptera. Many moths are beautiful in their own right. Best viewed large.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Oct 13th Southland


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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 4 years ago

    This is an amazing capture, fabulous macro work,

  • Thank you Ann, my first butterfly capture, I was lucky to find this one in the garden today.

    – AndreaEL

  • Reneefroggy
    Reneefroggyalmost 4 years ago

    fantastic, it’s looking at you, really posing for you… great shot

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment. I followed this little guy all over the garden today.

    – AndreaEL

  • Gareth Jones
    Gareth Jonesalmost 4 years ago

    very nice macro Andrea

  • Thank you Gareth, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Robert Abraham
    Robert Abrahamalmost 4 years ago

    What a beauty & great capture, The fore wings looks like our red admiral.

  • Thank you Hawker, yes they are very similar.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 4 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Thank you Lynn

    – AndreaEL

  • Declan Carr
    Declan Carralmost 4 years ago

    wonderful capture!!!

  • Thank you Declan much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • JuliaWright
    JuliaWrightalmost 4 years ago

    Very beautiful capture

  • Thank you Julia

    – AndreaEL

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous butterfly and capture of it’s opened wings! :O)

  • Thank you Vanessa, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Andrea, this is just beautiful! Your work is lovely.

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and compliment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • snapdecisions
    snapdecisionsalmost 4 years ago

    A nice example of this beauty Andrea

  • Thank you Trev, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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