Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Blue Moon butterfly

Hypolimnas bolina nerina (Fabricius)

Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae

Size range

  • A large butterfly with wing span 100 mm


  • From Australia, often blown here during late summer and autumn

Life History

  • Food plants such as Portulaca grow in New Zealand but the butterfly is not known to breed here

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