Category: Conservation

Rāwhiti Domain Nature playground butterfly park

The Butterfly Musketeers are ecstatic to announce that Guardians of Rāwhiti Domain, New Brighton has received the green light this week under a $580,000 grant from the government’s Shovel Ready Projects. The money will be for a nature playground and butterfly park. The Butterfly… Continue Reading “Rāwhiti Domain Nature playground butterfly park”

Save our pollinators

Why is it important to have pollinators in our environment? Pollinators are vital to creating and maintaining the habitats and ecosystems that many animals rely on for food and shelter. Worldwide, over half the diet of fats and oils comes from crops pollinated by animals. They facilitate… Continue Reading “Save our pollinators”

Can Oamaru become Monarch Capital of New Zealand?

After 6 months of taking a winter break from school talks my first 24hrs back at work, I spoke to over 400 children and adults within 7 sessions! What a buzz meeting so many cool people that are collectively boosting the monarch population as… Continue Reading “Can Oamaru become Monarch Capital of New Zealand?”

How Raising Monarch Butterflies promotes healthy Well-being

How many of you would love to go on a retreat each year that promotes well-being, inner peace, and gain new knowledge? Well, how about creating a beautiful garden with bright colourful flowers, and of course, you have plenty of Swan Plants for the… Continue Reading “How Raising Monarch Butterflies promotes healthy Well-being”

Elephants and Monarchs

Today 12th August is world Elephant day, dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world’s elephants. What better way to dress the Elephant up with some Monarch wings and celebrate such an awesome creature that seems to have graced this Earth for many… Continue Reading “Elephants and Monarchs”

Monarchs are the doorway to nature

There is much debate as to why I support a non-native butterfly. Instead of focusing on native butterflies rather than a butterfly that arrived in New Zealand by its own free will. From my experience and witnessing other people raising Monarchs, I believe Monarchs are… Continue Reading “Monarchs are the doorway to nature”

Giant Swan Plant Sale

I love Kahikatea Common our first event was Butterflies and Pizza, and this one was Swan Plants and Roller Skates, where anything goes. I got reminded that my community event “giant swan plant sale/roller disco which would be run by kids to raise money… Continue Reading “Giant Swan Plant Sale”

Swan Plants & Toxicity

Asclepias Swan Plant Botanical Name: Asclepias physocarpa/Gomphocarpus physocarpa The Swan Plant is loved by many Kiwis, as it’s the host plant of the Monarch Caterpillar, which lives on the plant for approximately 2 weeks eating as many leaves as possible, before transforming into a… Continue Reading “Swan Plants & Toxicity”

F.A.Q & Helpful Tips

What happens when I run out of Swan Plants? Buy more or simply before you start raising monarchs, make sure you have a sufficient amount of plants ready.