30th Birthday Dinner

Date posted: 06-Sep-2018

Please join us in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Suppo..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018

(https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-kokako-story-celebrating-21-years-..

Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

Gossamer Damselfly

Scientific Name: Ischnura aurora

Gossamer Damselfly - photography by Simon FordhamThis is the smallest damselfly of the six species found in New Zealand, measuring less than 25mm in length. The wharf pond is often host to a good population of the gossamer damselfly.

It has a distinctive colour pattern with males having a red abdomen with a blue patch at the tip, while females have a greenish abdomen.

The species prefers ponds with still water bodies with vegetated margins. Males are usually seen more frequently than females as the latter can range far and wide looking for new water bodies in which to lay their eggs.

The species is widespread, being found in India, Pakistan, China, Australia and some Pacific Islands. It is a relative new-comer to New Zealand, first recorded in 1926. It is widespread throughout the North Island but has only recently been recorded in the South Island, at Farewell Spit.

Photography by Simon Fordham ©