Pepe pouri, forest ringlet on kāmahi


Pepe pouri, Forest ringlet (Dodonidia helmsii) on kāmahi (Weinmannia racemosa)

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Pepe pouri, the Helms’ butterfly or Forest ringlet (Dodonidia helmsii) is a rare native species of Aotearoa and the most at risk of extinction. It lives in forest clearings and along forest margins and is the only member of the genus Dodonidia. It is becoming increasingly rare as the native lowland sedge it’s larvae/caterpillars feed on decreases and due to the predation by parasitic Tachinid fly which lays eggs on the food of the larva so they may use it as a host when they hatch. Once widespread in Auckland and Wellington its main populations are now found close to Tawai, Tawhai beech forests in the South Island. Pepe pouri is pictured here with owering kāmahi, the nectar of which is a favourite of the imago (butterfly).

This work was exhibited in the recent exhibition 'A Few' - the third installment in an ongoing series of natural history illustrations depicting native and resident species of Aotearoa, New Zealand - by Erin Forsyth. They exhibition took place at the TSB Wallace Arts Centre, Pah Homestead in Auckland October 30 - December 9.
This work and the other epe or pūrerehua/butterflies (Lepidoptera) studies from the exhibition 'A Few' were prepared in response to Forsyth's research in the entomology department of The Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira overseen by curator John Early.

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