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What

Blue Moon Butterfly Hypolimnas bolina ssp. nerina

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

December 9, 2018 03:19 PM NZDT

Description

Sitting on the stressful deck wondering what to do and this butterfly lands. Naturally as soon as I move to get the camera it takes off but then lands in the kunzea linaris and starts feeding (second photo). So I get the camera and stalk it to get nice photos but it doesn't open its wings. Not to worry, I shake the tree and it takes off and lands in a good place to get the first photo.

From reading up about it, it is an Australian butterfly that regularly blows across the Tasman.

First one of these I have ever seen :)

Photos / Sounds

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

December 9, 2018 04:40 PM NZDT

Description

One of the native bees on a rawiri - Kunzea linearis. I think this genus.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

December 9, 2018 04:42 PM NZDT

Description

ON rawiri - Kunzea linearis

Photos / Sounds

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

December 9, 2018 05:07 PM NZDT

Description

Back in May 2016 this tree was flowering by the stressful deck and I put up an obs of the flower here.

@pjd1 commented an interesting observation - this flower is abnormal (perhaps it is stressed out being by the stressful deck?), as well as the usual five petals it has two more that seem to be petalloid stamens. Hitherto I have only ever seen this in Kunzea triregensis - endemic to the Three Kings Islands, and I believe a stable hybrid between K. linearis and K. amathicola or K. robusta..

So today I looked at flowers on that tree and found the 5 + 1 and some 5 + 2 which I could not get photos of in situ - it is not ideal to photograph tiny flowers in the wind. I also checked the other rawiri growing next to this one and they only have 5 petals and no "extras".

I did pick a couple of 5 + 2 to get better photos but by the time I pulled the flower off the stem one of the 5 + 2 became 5 + 1 .