Taken 29-Jan-16
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Keywords:New Zealand, butterfly, native, antennae, grass, seed, head, lepidoptera, insect
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Dimensions4896 x 3264
Original file size688 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken29-Jan-16 11:38
Date modified25-May-16 13:26
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS-1D Mark IV
Focal length100 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure1/500 at f/8
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
Butterfly on grass seed head 1

Butterfly on grass seed head 1

Butterfly resting on grass seed head.

I am unsure as to precisely what species of butterfly this is as there are about 2,000 types of native New Zealand butterflies and moths. Interestingly over 90% of these are endemic however a further 68 species have been introduced since European settlement.

There are no major differences between butterflies and moths - they are common names given to a group of insects called Lepidoptera (from the Greek for ‘scaly wings’). But some generalisations can be made: moths usually hold their wings flat while resting, have feathery antennae, and are active at night. Butterflies are more colourful, have clubbed antennae, hold their wings upright over the body while at rest, and fly during the day.