Mon­archs feast on daisy tree

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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.

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