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A student-lead initiative at a Christchurch primary school has helped establish a new home for a native butterfly so rare it does not have a scientific name.
Fifteen boulder copper butterflies, a Canterbury-based relative of the copper butterflies found nationwide, were released into a specially-built habitat at Burnside Primary School on Thursday.
Science teacher Bianca Woyak said the project came about after her Year 3 and 4 science students became “obsessed with insects,” thanks in part to a collectable insects cards promotion by the supermarket Countdown.
Woyak was able to get Animal Planet “bug man” Ruud Kleinpaste in to speak to the students.
“They were really interested in monarch butterflies, and they asked him if there were any butterflies endemic to Canterbury,” she said.