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Variable Oystercatcher Haematopus unicolor

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

April 19, 2019 07:45 PM NZST

Description

One of two birds, both feeding on mussels.

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Whitehead Mohoua albicilla

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

April 12, 2019

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White-cheeked Rosella Platycercus eximius ssp. eximius

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

April 11, 2019

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Common Grass Blue Zizina labradus

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

April 6, 2019

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White-tailed Spider Lampona murina

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

March 19, 2019

Description

On outside wall of house. Probably L. murina, but the diagnostic features that distinguish this from L. cylindrata can't be seen in the photograph. As far as I'm aware, only L. murina has been recorded from the North Island so far, but, given the close association of these spiders with human dwellings, it seems only a matter of time before the two species colonise both the North and South Islands. Therefore, identifying these to species level on the basis of distribution is not good practice.

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Common Grass Blue Zizina labradus

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pohanginapete

Date

March 15, 2019

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pohanginapete

Date

March 4, 2019

Description

Robber fly (Saropogon sp.) predating a small ichneumonid (?) wasp.

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Mountain Kiokio Blechnum montanum

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

December 21, 2018 08:07 AM NZDT

Description

In upper Waikamaka River tributary leading to Waipawa Saddle.

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pohanginapete

Date

February 16, 2019

Description

Probably B. ruderatus, but B. hortorum is also present in the Manawatu. Several of these, along with some B. terrestris and a few honeybees, were working the flowers of a good stand of Scotch thistle along the entrance to the track.

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New Zealand Red Admiral Vanessa gonerilla

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

February 16, 2019

Description

Kept its wings closed while in this position, but, while flying, unmistakeably a red admiral.

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New Zealand Giant Stick Insect Argosarchus horridus

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

February 7, 2019 08:00 AM NZDT

Description

On verandah. Perhaps A. geisovii?

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Maui's Copper Lycaena edna

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

February 3, 2019 11:55 AM NZDT

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Maui's Copper Lycaena edna

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

February 3, 2019 11:50 AM NZDT

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Marsh Thistle Cirsium palustre

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 30, 2019

Description

On small river flat. A common plant in the Oroua and Pohangina headwaters.

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Observer

pohanginapete

Date

February 1, 2019 11:15 AM NZDT

Description

At least half a dozen of these, some mating, in the clearing at the top seat on the No. 1 Line track. Heavily overcast, windy, cool.

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Knobbled Orbweaver Eriophora pustulosa

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 29, 2019

Description

Fell from a mason wasp (Pison spinolae) nest I inadvertently destroyed when I opened the hut window :-(

Mason wasp egg recorded in a separate observation.

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Carové's Giant Dragonfly Uropetala carovei

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 29, 2019 01:47 PM NZDT

Description

Lots of these on the track to Iron Gate hut. They'd often land on me, usually on my hands on the walking poles.

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Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 29, 2019

Description

Fell from a mason wasp (Pison spinolae) nest I inadvertently destroyed when I opened the hut window :-(

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Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 30, 2019 07:22 AM NZDT

Description

On outside wall of hut. Basing the ID on this observation

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Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 29, 2019

Description

Z. crassa or Z. prina? Fell from a mason wasp (Pison spinolae) nest I inadvertently destroyed when I opened the hut window :-(

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New Zealand Mason Wasp Pison spinolae

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 29, 2019

Description

Mason wasp egg on a knobbled orb weaver (Eriophora pustulosa) that fell from a nest I inadvertently destroyed when I opened the hut window :-(

Spider recorded in a separate observation.

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Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 29, 2019 08:21 PM +13

Description

Possibly Dasybasis thereviformis?

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Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 30, 2019 07:48 PM +13

Description

Lots of cInnabar moth caterpillars on the ragwort around the hut. Some of the flowering ragwort had been almost completely stripped of leaves.

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Whekī-Ponga Dicksonia fibrosa

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 30, 2019 07:18 PM +13

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North Island Tomtit Petroica macrocephala ssp. toitoi

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

January 30, 2019 05:20 PM +13

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Fishing Spiders Genus Dolomedes

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

December 19, 2018 10:26 PM +13

Description

aquaticus or dondalei?

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Water Spider Dolomedes aquaticus

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

December 19, 2018

Description

Small Dolomedes with a caterpillar; in the bouldery riverbed a couple of metres from the river.

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Grey Warbler Gerygone igata

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

December 19, 2018 09:55 PM +13

Description

One of two fledgling riroriro being fed by adults in beech forest on river bank.

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Korikori Ranunculus insignis

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

December 21, 2018

Description

In subalpine scrub on the 'track' from Waipawa Saddle down to the head of the Waipawa River.

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Observer

pohanginapete

Date

December 20, 2018
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