Bringing Native Butterflies into Auckland City

Yellow Admiral Butterfly

Forest and Bird Central Auckland Branch invites you to support Rob Jones (a fellow member and dedicated butterfly enthusiast) to establish pockets of natural habitat for the purpose of providing Red and Yellow Admiral Butterflies with a place to nest and flourish within the City.

Native Nettles are the main food plant for larvae of the New Zealand Red and Yellow Admiral Butterflies or Kahukura, Bassaris gonerilla.

Rob has gained permission from Auckland City Council to plant nettles in Balmoral Heights Park and Meadowbank.   He has also established a butterfly house at Eden Gardens.  But together we could do so much more.

So how about planting  some native nettle in your garden and establishing your very own Red or Yellow Admiral Butterfly haven?

Interested? Please contact Rob Jones at