Where have all the butterflies gone?
9:00AM Monday March 05, 2007


Monarch Butterfly NZ is contacted daily by people concerned about the lack of butterflies. Photo / Northern Advocate

The flutter of butterfly wings is being seen less and less -- and fanciers of the beautiful insect are worried.

Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust spokeswoman Jacqui Knight said people had been contacting her daily, concerned there were fewer butterflies around.

"Some have returned from tramping in the bush, while others talk about their city gardens or large parks and wild spaces all over the country," she told The Dominion Post.

"People tell me they just do not see monarch and admiral butterflies any more."

South Island lepidopterist Brian Patrick said several butterflies were threatened with extinction before they were even described.

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