Read blog posts by DOC staff, and find out the latest news about the great white butterfly and DOC's work to eradicate these pests.
12 November 2013
The Department of Conservation is asking Nelson Tasman people to check their caravans, campervans and trailers for great white butterfly pupae (chrysalises) before heading away on trips to avoid spreading the major pest elsewhere.
25 September 2013
Source: Office of the Minister of Conservation
A $10 bounty on great white butterflies is being introduced by the Department of Conservation for the school holidays to help eradicate the pest from the Nelson area, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.
03 April 2013
The Department of Conservation is asking Nelson Tasman residents to step up searches for great white butterfly caterpillars and eggs in their gardens and report any found with an expected autumn surge in butterfly breeding now underway.
11 January 2013
Householders in Richmond and other parts of Tasman as well as in Nelson city are being asked to look for great white butterfly caterpillars and eggs in their gardens following first reports of the pest in Richmond last week.
A behind-the-scenes look at DOC's conservation work.
Photo of the week: Great white butterfly eradication
29 November 2016
Last week it was announced that the great white butterfly pest had been successfully eradicated from the Nelson Tasman area.
Searches to confirm pest butterfly eradicated
13 March 2016
No great white butterfly detections for more than 14 months in Nelson Tasman is a promising sign, but the search for this pest continues.
Jobs at DOC: Kahurangi Cronin, Butterfly Ranger
11 June 2015
DOC Ranger Kahurangi Cronin shares her experiences as an expert butterfly hunter based in Nelson.
Great white butterfly pest in decline
12 September 2014
By Trish Grant, Communications Advisor, Nelson The battle against the great white butterfly pest appears to be working with detections dropping by more than fifty percent in autumn this year, compared to autumn last year. The species is only found in the Nelson/Tasman region and DOC has been leading a programme to eradicate the pest out of concern for the threat it […]
Great white butterfly in the news
Recent media releases about DOC's work with the great white butterfly.