Winter may here, as I said in my last post, but the butterflies haven’t yet felt its full force. There are still plenty of flowers for the adults and greenery for the caterpillars, even on Hervey’s Range in Townsville’s cooler, drier hinterland.
These photos were taken on three successive visits between mid-April and mid-May and for this post I have simply sorted them by size: the female Varied Eggfly has a wingspan of about 85 mm, while the blues are in the 20 – 30 mm range.
Clicking on the images to see them in a lightbox will reveal extended captions including their Latin names.
All of the above are in the family Nymphalidae (Nymphs or Browns) except for the Grass-yellows which are in Pieridae (Whites and Yellows). Those below are Blues (Lycaenidae), our largest family although our smallest butterflies, and I haven’t attempted to identify them.
- The Very Varied Eggfly is an album of my photos on flickr and shows most of the colour forms of the female, as well as males of the species.
- The Tawny Coster only arrived in our region a year ago and I wrote about its arrival here.
- ‘Puddling’ is the proper term for butterflies’ habit of landing on mud (as here) or wet sand (as here), or beside shallow puddles (as here) to suck up water.