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New Zealand Yellow Admiral (Kahu Kowhai)

Vanessa itea (formerly Vanessa Bassaris)


The Yellow Admiral is native to New Zealand but it is also found in Australia. Specimens were collected and classified by Europeans for the first time on James Cook's voyage in 1769. Yellow Admirals are most often spotted in the late summer and are reasonably common throughout New Zealand at this time.


Flax bushes and onion grass on dry, sandy soil near the top of Mount Victoria.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Thanks LPHB. That's actually worthwhile technical info.

I think the dating device got a bit confused, because I spotted the butterfly and began drafting the post on the 25th of January but actually posted it on the 26th of March. I have tried changing posting date but it seems stuck on the day I began the draft.

Thanks, I saw one the other day but I think they're in their final stages for this year.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

(PS did you really post this on Jan 25 2014 ??)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Nice spotting lilypinkhallbutcher. Ours are just about finished now I think.

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Spotted on Jan 25, 2014
Submitted on Jan 25, 2014

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