This beast caused a moderate amount of excitement with my family. Not welcome in our house.
One bellbird singing nearby.
Grey warbler singing in reserve.
Not a fair go. I fear for the life of the little Kowhai tree - all leaves gone in a week. Was looking very healthy.
A dozen large Kowhai trees were planted in a park nearby a few years ago, all died.
6 Individuals spotted, four flying and two briefly stopped on species of Taraxacum (one was able to be photographed). Steep terrain less than 100m from grazing land. Near a property containing a vegetable garden likely to have a number of Brassica plant species.
One southern blue landed on some cover I happened to be sitting by.
Three white butterflies, two male and one female feeding on the clover and a yellow flowered Brassica weed
Found under large garden rock. Moved to container for ease of photography.
Located crawling under a small garden rock.
4 Individuals spotted, three flying and 1 briefly stopped on a species of Taraxacum. Hilly terrain less than 100m from grazing land. Near a property containing a vegetable garden likely to have a number of Brassica plant species.
When the Woolston Cut was constructed in the 1980s the salt water came up this far up the Heathcote. It returned to freshwater following construction of the barrage on the cut and the return to the former river channel through Woolston Loop. During the saline period salt marsh plants established there but virtually all have now gone. This is the last I know of.
2 flying Individuals spotted. Steep terrain less than 100m from grazing land. Near a property containing a vegetable garden likely to have a number of Brassica plant species.
Probably planted long ago but looks natural now.
This is how this plant goes wild, suckers. A real feature round riverbank trees. If we let this section go wild it would become white poplar and tree of heaven.
I did this because there were both pink and white flower heads but you can't see that from the photo. Sigh.
On mown riverbank. The second photo shows a proliferous infloresence on an adjacent plant.
In hollow at back of salt marsh zone
All through the upper salt marsh zones. This is an especially large clump in the middle of a decreasingly tidal creek.
Surely somebody didn't plant this in such a forlorn spot. No sign of spread though.
Spreading from plantings, well established at upper edge of saltmarsh. Tall fescue in foreground.
Common at top of salt marsh zone. Plantago coronopus in foreground. Plant is in fruit.
In tidal salt marsh
A single very healthy clump recently established in Woolston Cut
Scattered patches in this stretch of the estuarine Heathcote River. All are to be removed.
Just emerged from chrysalis.
Didn't manage to get a photo.
Body length around 3mm (possibly, it's small)
Big patches rafting out into waterway. Submerged at high tide (not saline here)
Found a tired looking red admiral sitting in the shade on the foot path.