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Butterfly and descriptions for Sportsman Creek Conservation Area

“The undersides of the wings of both sexes are usually black with a diagonal white band and a curved arc of white spots on each wing. Found throughout the Pacific to Madagascar. Wingspan of 8cm.”  An uncommon visitor to the wildlife refuge as much of their favoured foods are absent.

I.D. and reference courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

Further reading;

This pair of butterfly and others were observed spending time with Pupa near the billabong on the wildlife refuge ?

A small butterfly, commonly found along the riparian zone through the summer months. “They have dark brown wings with several white spots on forewings. The caterpillars have large, rough black heads and pale brown bodies sometimes with green or pink markings. They feed on Poaceae.”

Reference and I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans and Stella Crossley.

A common migrant across Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. “the males have a black tip on each forewing. Females have black margins around each wing and a black dot on each forewing. ” Image of butterfly on the underside of  Red Ash (Alphitonia excelsia) escaping detection.

Reference and I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

Further reading-

Found feeding on Slender Rice Flower (Pimelia linifolia subsp; linifolia) at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. Skipper bodies are large with relatuvely small wings. They fly in very rapid jerky style, hence the name skippers.


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“An attractive little butterfly which flies just above the ground and is common across the eastern seaboard. They are whitish underneath with a row of black dots on wing margins and two dots centre of each forewing. The caterpillar feeds on Slender Rice Flower (primelia linifolia) which is common on the wildlife refuge.

Reference and I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley.

Found feeding on Red Ash (Alphitonia excelsia) which is making a strong recovery across Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. The underside of its wings is metallic greenish blue in colour.

A spring/summer visitor to Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. These butterflies live along the east coast of Australia from Victoria to Queensland.

A very common species worldwide. Found in desert country to 9,000ft. Believed to be one of the first butterflies used in art highlighted on a 3,500 y.o. Egyptian fresco. A regular visitor to Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.

A small pierid butterfly. Studies suggest that the females can discriminate colours when choosing host plants for “oviposition” (egg laying). Eggs are laid in Acacia species. They fly close to the ground and are found in open grass or scrub habitat.

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