Tuesday, 23 March 2010


Mny species of butterflies have been visiting the garden but they're so difficult to photograph because a) most of the nectar-bearing flowers are waaaaay up in the canopy and b) the butterflies move so rapidly in the warm weather. Although the swallowtails (Papilionidae) and jezebels (Pieridae) are the most obvious species, only the browns (Nymphalidae) usually settle long enough to pose for pictures.

Macleay's swallowtail (Graphium macleayanus)

Blue-banded eggfly (Hypolimnas alimena)

Bordered rustic (Cupha prosope)

Brown ringlet (Hypocysta metirius)

Orange bush-brown (Mycalesis terminus)

Orange bush-brown

Also spotted but not photographed (not yet, anyway):

Swallowtails (Papilionidae)
  • Ambrax swallowtail (Papilio ambrax)
  • Ulysses butterfly (Papilio ulysses)
  • Blue triangle (Graphium sarpedon)
  • Cairns birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion)
Whites (Pieridae)
  • Yellow-bodied jezebel (Delias nysa)
  • Black jezebel (Delias nigrina)
Browns (Nymphalidae)
  • Cruiser (Vindula arsinoe)
  • Wanderer(Danaus plexippus)
Blues (Lycaenidae)
  • More than you can poke a stick at


Dave Coulter said...

I like that Bordered Rustic...

Snail said...

You could name a type of hedge after it.

Wish I had some pics of the Ulysses and Cairns birdwings too. Now they are spectacular butterflies!

Susan said...

Too early yet to spot butterflies here, but lovely to see photos of them!

desertnutmeg said...

Wonderful photos Snail! That Bordered Rustic is stunning. I get frustrated and then laugh as i try-in vain-to photograph butterflies. I've only had a white sulpher here so far, but am very happy to welcome it as a sure sign of spring!

Looking forward to the new pics of the tree kanga!!

Denis Wilson said...

You are right about the Swallowtails and Jezebels not sitting still long enough.
Lovely set of varied Browns.

Mosura said...

Some beauties there! The Orange bush-brown's has a brush with a bird perhaps.

We get the Macleay's swallowtail down here but I've never managed a photo. As you say they are always flitting about the tree tops.

Tyto Tony said...

Few more Ulysses showing up down this way. Also saw unusually large golden moth??? other day. But WB Woodswallow swooped and took it before I got picture!

Snail said...

Susan, it can't be long now though! Spring must be almost sprung.

Snail said...

Desertnutmeg, I think that laughing --- and taking joy in the fleeting visits --- is the only way to go!

Snail said...

Denis, there's definitely a good selection of browns here. I think it's because the forest has a lot of edges, so there are plenty of host plants and the odd sunny spot.

I've located some mistletoe close to the driveway, so I'm expecting an increasing population of jezebels.

Snail said...

Mosura, I'm surprised that anything survives the birds here. The other day I spotted (but couldn't photograph) a little shrike-thrush pecking the bejeezus out of a large stick insect. The stick insect was longer than the bird!

Snail said...

Tony, Ulysses are around here, but not abundant. It's a pleasure to see those brilliant flashes of iridescent blue.

I expect the woodswallow felt pleased with itself to bag such a big prize. The Lewin's honeyeaters here take on the big cicadas. I'm not sure that they're always successful, but they give it a go.

Dave Coulter said...

""You could name a type of hedge after it.""

Indeed you could! :)

forestwalk/laura k said...

beautiful pictures!! i just came here...via the link on your newest post!
i love the rustic butterfly...it's...well...kind of rustic looking!
GREAT shots...and they're NOT easy to get!