2020 Photo competition now open

Date posted: 15-Jan-2020

This year's photo competition is now open for entries. Please click here (/m..

AGM 2019

Date posted: 09-Sep-2019

Our Annual General Meeting was held at 7:30 pm on Monday 23rd September at the F..

More plaudits for Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

Recognition of the wonderful experience visitors have when visiting the Island h..

Results of the 2019 Photo Competition

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

The results of this year's competition have now been decided. Click here (/2019-photo-co..

Lighthouse Open Day

Date posted: 30-Apr-2019

Our historic lighthouse, signal station and diaphonic foghorn will all be on dis..

We need a new Treasurer

Date posted: 08-Apr-2019

The Supporters need a new treasurer to take over in September when Kevin Vaughan..

2019 Concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2019

OrigiNZ, the tartan taonga are returning for the 2019 concert. Click..

Tiri's three unique foghorns

Date posted: 01-Feb-2019

Our next social event will take place on Monday 18th March when Carl Hayson and ..

Young Conservation Superstars win awards!

Date posted: 27-Jan-2019

Gabriel Barbosa and teacher Kate Asher, a team leader who co..

Entries for the 2019 photo competition

Date posted: 19-Jan-2019

We are now taking entries for the 2019 photographic competition. You can enter u..

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 ©