Entomologist Brian Patrick says there are natural gems amid
the slopes and valleys of Motatapu, Mount Soho, Glencoe and
Coronet Peak stations.
''Ecologically, it's a distinctive region with a suite of
newly discovered species, rare and poorly known species and
locally endemic species.
"I have done a lot of entomological work across those
He said a highlight was Percnodaimon micans (pictured) -
Hamilton's mountain black - first collected by Harold
Hamilton on November 20, 1907, at 1800m on Mt Hyde in the
headwaters of the Arrow River and highlighted in the 2012
book Butterflies of the South Pacific by Mr Patrick and his
''This butterfly's distribution range neatly coincides with
Mutt Lange's amazing gift to the people of New Zealand.
"This majestic butterfly epitomises the beauty, elegance and
majesty of this part of New Zealand,'' he said.
Other ''stunning'' species to be found in the area include
pink and green Meterana meyricci , a moth that feeds on
Pimelea; the giant ghost moth Aoraia aurimaculata; and the
rare butterfly Erebiola butleri.
''There are large colourful grasshoppers, flightless
stoneflies, gaily coloured diurnal moths and giant
dragonflies,'' Mr Patrick said.