While Australian visitors have to spend time in isolation at the moment, one little Aussie traveller arrived at Mahurangi West last week – unannounced and un-quarantined.
Resident Isabel Harris was amazed to find an Australian painted lady butterfly in the garden. “I can only assume that the little thing was blown here in those howling winds we had recently,” she says.
“Initially, I thought it was a NZ yellow, as it is about the same size, but when I checked in my butterfly book, I was able to properly identify it.”
Isabel says the painted lady doesn’t survive in NZ, but the one in her garden was having a great time feasting on her native hebe.