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  • Red admiral (Vanessa gonerilla) butterfly on a flowering bush.
    Rights: Kyle Bland, CC BY-NC 4.0 Published 3 November 2019, Updated 4 November 2019 Size: 2.1 MB Referencing Hub media

    Māori name: kahukura

    Family: Nymphalidae

    New Zealand has three species of admiral butterfly: two yellow admirals and one red. This species is named for the vibrant red patches on its wings in both Māori (kahukura for ‘red cloak’) and English (red admiral). The red admiral is common throughout the mainland but lives in areas that have New Zealand tree nettles (Urtica ferox). It is part of the Lepidoptera order, which includes moths and butterflies.

    Image sourced from iNaturalistNZ, © Kyle Bland, CC BY-NC 4.0

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