Photo of the week: Native butterfly

Department of Conservation —  22/01/2014

Today’s photo of the week is a boulder copper butterfly — one of the many endemic species of butterfly found in New Zealand.

Boulder copper butterfly. Photo: Jon Sullivan (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Boulder copper butterflies can be found throughout the South Island and in central areas of the North Island, but are more commonly encountered in the upland areas like the Southern Alps and the central plateau.

This beauty was photographed in Canterbury’s Craigieburn Forest Park by Jon Sullivan | CC BY-NC 2.0

One response to Photo of the week: Native butterfly


    Wow that little critter is amazingly beautiful! I would love to see one some day!
    Thanks for sharing this stunning photo 🙂