Forum to share information about our native and endemic admiral butterflies that lay their eggs on stinging nettle

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Started by Angie Gibbons. Last reply by Jacqui Knight Nov 30, 2010.

Forest and Bird how to breed admirals


Started by Angie Gibbons Nov 30, 2010.

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Comment by Jacqui Knight on October 6, 2013 at 1:36pm

That's great to hear, Elizabeth. You might also like to post this message in the forum on our website, There may be members there looking for it. Do you see any Admirals about?

Comment by Eliz on October 6, 2013 at 8:25am

If anyone is interested in Urtica dioica, I have quite a bit of it available for free to anyone that will come and get it. I'm in the Poukawa Hawkes Bay area... 25min out of Hastings.

Comment by terri shaw on May 8, 2012 at 6:29pm

Is this the introduced nettle or onga onga? I have a nice patch of onga and wonder it's role in the world.

Comment by Matt Moir on August 1, 2011 at 11:29am
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Comment by Matt Moir on August 1, 2011 at 11:28am
Hi Angie the nettle we have is Urtica dioica I dont think we have any          U. ferox onsite however I could be wrong.  I would love to talk to you and learn more about what you did with Sandy at S.P.C.N.T. we certanly do charish and enjoy the butterflies and a continued supply of stock would be appreciated by all who enjoy the garden as it is still a valued outdoor classroom Thanks Matt 
Comment by Angie Gibbons on August 1, 2011 at 10:55am

HI Matt

Great to hear the nettle is still going strong and there is someone again interested in Admirals.


I spent a lot of time helping Sandy a few years ago set up before she passed with nettles and raising admirals at the site.  Are there still any native nettles alive onsite?


I still from time to time drop newly hattced butterflies at the gardens on weekends, would love to catch up and maybe I can supply stock like I did for sandy.


Comment by Matt Moir on July 29, 2011 at 6:23pm
Thanks Jacqui you got it rite South Pacfic  Collage Of Natural Therapies. we do have quite  large patch of nettle so if anyone needs some and is able to travil to Ellerslie or meet me in Pt Chev at a pre arranged time please let me know I have lots of plants on hand as I am alwayse fighting to keep it in its containd area
Comment by Jacqui Knight on July 29, 2011 at 2:23pm

Hi Matt


What's SPCNT? Oh - don't worry - just googled it... I had been thinkig Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to ... and could't work it out. But then I WAS aware of the South Pacific College of Natural Therapies, but was barking up the wrong tree!


Great to hear you're doing that. The Admiral needs every bit of help it can get.



Jacqui Knight

Comment by Matt Moir on July 29, 2011 at 1:14pm
I just came across this group we are doing our part in preserving the Admiral butterfly in our medicinal herb garden in Ellerslie at S.P.C.N.T.
Comment by Lorraine Barnett on February 21, 2011 at 9:39pm
All those pages not available??

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