Honshu white admiral butterfly pupae release in Waihī Beach area
Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council are working together to stop the spread of Japanese honeysuckle, an invasive climber which smoothers and strangles native plants and trees.
A release of about 300 Honshu white admiral butterfly pupae will take place the week of 18 October in the Waihī Beach area. The honshu white admiral caterpillars feed on the leaves of the Japanese honeysuckle, damaging the foliage and ultimately stunting its growth.
Regional Council staff will be checking and monitoring the release site throughout the summer period.
For more information on this pest, head to Regional Council's web page here.
Japanese Honeysuckle and the Honshu white admiral butterfly pupae