monarchs in New Zealand

Mark Walker mwalker at
Wed Apr 15 08:19:50 EDT 1998

Sarah Mansfield wrote:

>The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is well established in New
>There is some anecdotal evidence of migration from the North Island to a
>mountain range in the South Island for the butterflies to overwinter. As
>as I know, no overwintering site has been located. The evidence is only
>observed flight patterns. I don't know what their status is in Australia.

I find this interesting, considering the mountains of the South Island are
certainly much colder during the winter than the northernmost sections of
the North Island.

Mark Walker.

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