- Students will be able to:
- appreciate the diversity of creatures in a garden
- begin to recognise and name some of them.
Spot creatures found in a garden
- Use the spotter guide below to find and name some New Zealand garden creatures. To do this, find a garden that has a variety of plants, especially ones that are in flower. Another option is to search a wasteland area, a mixed native tree shelter belt, or the unkept margins of fields.
- Carefully search high and low to find as many creatures as you can.
- Record what you find by ticking the boxes and recording your observations by writing about them, drawing, or taking photos.
Garden creatures spotter pdf download (optimised for colour printing on A4).
Hints and tips
|English name||Māori name||Native /|
|Pest / |
|Adult able to fly|
|hover fly||ngaro paira||native||helpful||yes|
|ladybird larva||uhu mumutawa||introduced||helpful||no|
|NZ blue blowfly||ngaro iro||native||pest||yes|
|drone fly||ngaro paira||introduced||helpful||yes|
|European earwig||hiore kakati||introduced||pest||yes (rarely)|
|spittle bug||tātaka hūare||introduced||pest||yes|
|NZ vegetable bug||tākaka huawhenua||native||pest||yes|
|NZ praying manits||rō||native||helpful||yes|
|bumble bee||pī rorohū||introduced||helpful||yes|
|honey bee||pī miere||introduced||helpful||yes|
|white butterfly||pere mā||introduced||pest||yes|
The table information is based on species shown in the 'Garden Creatures Spotter' and is necessarily simplified for young students. It should be noted that some species can be considered pests or helpful in different circumstances.