22 Tuesday March 7 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Backyard critters Use nettle to attract admiral butterflies Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us THE YELLOW admiral butterfly, kahu kowhai (vanessa itea) is one of two admirals found in New Zealand. The other, the red admiral, is endemic to New Zealand. The yellow admiral was first collected in 1769-70 when Captain James Cook circumnavigated New Zealand in the Endeavour, but the butterfly is also found in Australia, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands. Admirals lay eggs on stinging nettle (urtica species) that the larvae forage on until they are ready to pupate. Pupation sites of yellow PRETTY PATTERN: A yellow admiral butterfly feeding on a Hebe flower. admirals are usually away from the nettle under an over-hang such as the eaves of a house or a branch. Adults feed on nectar from many flower species but are fond of larger hebe species and buddleja (butterfly bush). The nectar is a ‘reward’ from the plant to carry the pollen from plant to plant for pollination. To attract these beauties to your garden you need to leave some stinging nettle for the female admirals to lay their eggs on and a range of flowering plants for the adults. Two species of wasp parasites are the yellow admirals’ main natural enemies in New Zealand. One these species was introduced by government entomologists as a biological control agent for cabbage white butterfly, but is now known to attack the pupae of admirals. Finally, there are 31 days until Lincoln’s free Bioblitz event. •For details checkout https:// lincolnbioblitz.eventbrite.co.nz LUNCH IS SERVED: A yellow admiral caterpillar feeding on stinging nettle. METAMORPHOSIS: Two yellow admiral pupae (chrysalises). •Specimens collected by Mike Bowie will be logged online at http://naturewatch.org.nz. This is a place where you can share what you see in nature, set up a citizen-science monitoring project and learn about our natural history. The programme allows you to load photos of your specimen and you can ask for identification by experts. HERITAGE OPEN DAY
locally owned and published by Star Media Kea (Nestor Notabilis) SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday March 7 2017 23 Colourful Chromatography Leeston Library on Tuesday, Darfield Library on Wednesday, and Rolleston Library on Thursday, 3.30-4.30pm Science Alive! is visiting libraries to host fun sessions where children can learn about the science of colour and experiment with coloured inks. The sessions will be free and suitable for five to 10-year-olds. Bookings are essential and can be made at www.selwynlibraries. co.nz Becoming Now Wednesday to Sunday, 10am- 4pm, until March 26 This exhibition will show paintings by Karen Greenslade, photographs by Nicola Thorne, and sculptures and drawings by Akky van der Velde. The work focuses on themes of ageing, change and memory. Down by the Liffey Gallery, 1 James St, Lincoln. Free entry Summer Skate Jam Leeston Wednesday, 4-6pm Calling all skaters, come and enjoy the Summer Skate Jam series. These events aim to encourage children and young people into skating with free Email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm each Wednesday gear hire and coaching from experienced skaters. Prizes will be up for grabs for the best trick competition where participants can show off their moves. Leeston Skate Park Picnic in the Park Burnham Thursday, 5.30-7.30pm Fun family activities with the Selwyn Events games trailer, live music, bouncy castles, facepainting, Pedalmania, clown Adam Allsorts and more for the whole family. Activities for all ages to get involved in and prizes up for grabs. A free sausage sizzle will also available but people are encouraged to pack a picnic and make an evening of it. Burnham Reserve, Freyberg Rd Prebbleton Craft Group Every second Thursday, 7-9pm The newly-formed Prebbleton Craft Group welcomes people to join them to create a variety of projects. It will provide an opportunity for people with a passion for crafts to connect, share skills and work together. Prebbleton Cottage, cnr Blakes Rd and Springs Rd. Contact Kim on 021 215 6164 or kim.strange@ clear.net.nz for details. Gold coin donation Car Boot Sale Saturday, 9am Material, household goods, crafts, bric-a-brac, jams, produce, sauces, baking and more. For more information, call Jenny on 325 7653. St Stephen’s Church grounds, 21 Leinster Tce, Lincoln Church Garage Sale Saturday, 9am-noon Household goods, clothing, books, produce, baking and more. There will also be a sausage sizzle and a bouncy castle for children aged up to eight. The Old Manse, 126 East Belt Music on the Green Leeston Sunday, 4.30-7pm LOADS OF FUN: The Tai Tapu School Country Fair will be held on Sunday, 10am-3pm, at the school. This year the fair will be part of three days of celebrations as the school marks its 150th year. Fair attractions will include various stalls, selling crafts, books, plants and more; a Portobello antiques roadshow, where anyone can ask about their unusual or interesting item for a charge of $2; and plenty of entertainment for people of all ages, including a bouncy castle, rock hunt, face-painting, glitter and craft tents, rides and slides and musical performances from pupils. As for the rest of the weekend’s events, celebrations will begin at the school on Friday with a special assembly, open classrooms and bell ringing at 2pm (no cost), followed by cake cutting and afternoon tea at 3pm ($20, registration required) and a mix and mingle event ($40, registration required). On Saturday, there will be an evening dinner and dance at the Lincoln Event Centre from 6.30pm ($70, registration required). On Sunday, there will be a 10am church service at the school, coinciding with the start of the fair. Anyone wishing to register for an event should call 329 6796 as soon as possible. Pack a picnic and come along to your local green to be entertained by a line-up of local musicians. Leeston Park, Holley St Markets The local markets have a lot on offer from fresh produce to handmade crafts. West Melton Market: Saturday, 9am-noon. St Paul’s Church. Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market: Saturday, 10am-1pm. Gerald St, Lincoln. Darfield Market: Saturday, 9am-1pm, opposite Challenge Darfield, South Tce. Rolleston Envirotown Market: Sunday, 10am-1pm, Rolleston Square. Edendale Car Boot Sale: Sunday, 10am-3pm, Edendale Cafe, 888 Sandy Knolls Rd, West Melton. Running Groups The running groups aim to get like-minded members of the community fit and engaged with each other. All running groups have a stagnated start to cater for different abilities Lincoln Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.30pm, starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts at Lincoln University. Gold coin donations. Malvern Road Runners: Tuesday registration from 5.40pm starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km. Starts from Malvern Netball Centre. Prebbleton Runners: Tuesday registration from 6pm. 3km or 6km walk or run. Starts from Prebbleton Reserve soccer ground. Gold coin donations. Ellesmere Road Runners: Wednesday registration from 5.45pm, starts at 6pm. 3km or 6km walk or run. Starts from Leeston Physiotherapy. ADVERTISERS - Just one ad will grow your business over the next 12 months YOUR LOCAL RESIDENTS GUIDE 2017 The Selwyn District Residents Guide will be published on Tuesday 25th April 2017 and distributed FREE to over 18,300 homes in the Selwyn District. This is an essential “go to” publication for our residents, especially the many new residents and businesses across the Selwyn district, and is valid for 12 months. The Selwyn Residents Guide is a SelwynTimes publication and is published as a high quality Quarto publication with all pages printed on high quality gloss stock. 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