The native Red Admiral that is only found in New Zealand. Despite the obvious similarity, it is a different species from the ‘Red Admiral’ (Vanessa atalanta) and ‘Indian Red Admiral’ (Vanessa indica) found in Europe, Asia and North America. The Maori name means Red Cloak. This is a long-lived butterfly that can have a lifespan of about 9 months for the over-wintering generation. It is expected that the lifespan is between 4 to 6 months for the summer generations. Between September and April, it can be seen in most of its life stages.
I found this butterfly near my front door.
Ready to fly away
Well used and traveled guitar!
Quilting uses many different patterns.
From big to small to tiny,
short to long, thick or thin.
It does not matter how you do it
there is always a pattern
when making a quilt.
Visual Texture Series
This guy was doing his best to get up the hills.
He had to stop to catch his breath before paddling on.
This is at the turn off to the look out.
Entering the path way to the look out
Turning back to the parking area it looked like this.
Just before sunset.
As the road rises away from Upper Hutt on the Te Marua to Kaitoki stretch of State Highway Two, you’ll encounter a new section of road just completed in 2005. It’s a $14.2 million, 5.5 kilometre realignment of this important part of the main artery to the Wairarapa.
Half way up the initial incline you’ll encounter the Te Marua Lakes Lookout, so named because it provides a stop-off to view the spectacular scene of the Hutt River valley and the twin lakes, known as Stuart Macaskill Lakes, built to provide back-up water for the urban areas downstream.