Rare visit from Common Eggfly Butterfly

Male Hypolimnas bolina

The Common Eggfly Butterfly, Hypolimnas bolina, is a large butterfly from tropical northern Australia. On rare occasions of favourable humidity, sightings have been recorded in South Australia between February to May. Host plants for the Common Eggfly become abundant with the flooding of inland waterways into the Lake Eyre Basin. A small number were sighted in Copley, Flinders Ranges, in late January during a La Nina season which has generated rains to central Australia. More detailed information on this butterfly can be found on the Butterfly Conservation SA website.

Male Hypolimnas bolina
Male Hypolimnas bolina
Female Hypolimnas bolina

Desert Tree Frog

Desert Tree Frogs call for a mate in floodwater pools in Parachilna Gorge following summer rains.

The Desert Tree Frog (Litoria sp. nov. formerly identified as Litoria rubella) is found in the Northern Flinders Ranges. It lives in the vicinity of rock pools and springs, inhabiting damp vegetation and rock crevices, taking the opportunity to mate after heavy rains. Because of the ephemeral nature of floodwaters in arid lands, the larval stages of the Desert Tree Frog may be as brief as 14 days.