Monarchs feast on daisy tree
WINTER BUTTERFLIES: On fine sunny days in late autumn and early winter, you can usually see lots on monarch butterflies on the wing in the Butterfly Garden at Te Puna Quarry Park.
Dozens of them can be seen nectaring on the flowers of the Montanoa (Daisy) tree. The Montanoas started flowering in late May. The flowers, which last about amonth, are an abundant source of nectar for butterflies and bees— especially when their favourite flowers such as dahlias have died off.
Monarch butterflies do overwinter in New Zealand by sheltering in trees but on fine, warm days, they will come out from their hiding places to gather nectar from the tree daisy flowers.