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Butterflies of Kaipupu Point and Marlborough

When:

Wed 21 Sep 2016, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Port Marlborough Pavilion, Endeavour Park, 1 Joseph Sullivan Drive, Picton, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: KaipupuPoint

The talk will cover all the species of butterflies found at Kaipupu Point and Marlborough.

The presentation will highlight the very specific niche the each species has in relation to particular caterpillar food plants. Almost every plant has a particular relationship to a specific insect, and this is most certainly the case with butterflies. The species most likely to be found at Kaipupu Point will be highlighted. Male and female examples of each species will be outlined for some species where they have markedly different characteristics. Steve will have copies of his straightforward guide to Marlborough butterflies for participants, and this includes a list of further references and on-line resources.

Steve Austin is a graduate in History and Education, as well as Museum Practice. His background includes lecturing in education and teacher training for ten years, as well as later work with museum collections, including natural history and butterflies. A keen personal and professional interest in natural history collections and experience of collecting specimens for research and display developed from his early study of butterflies which started from the age of eight.

He is currently the Chief Executive of Marlborough Museum, and he has developed a display collection of butterfly specimens at Marlborough Museum that covers most of the butterflies found in Marlborough. Steve is a passionate believer in the benefits resulting from the careful observation of nature, and this presentation will definitely open your eyes to the world of butterflies in our part of the world!