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.
The Australian Painted Lady, known for mass southerly migration in Spring, seen here in Blinman in late January after an unusually mild summer. Detailed information on these butterflies can be found on the Butterfly Conservation SA website.
Australian Lesser Wanderer Butterfly (Danaus petilia) feeding on Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) at Wilpena Pound.
Bursaria spinosa, also known as Christmas Bush or Sweet Bursaria, in flower with native wasp at Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park.
Caper White Butterfly (Belenois java) feeding on Cattlebush, Stubbs Waterhole, Arkaroola in mid winter. Caper White Butterflies are a migratory species breeding inland on caper bushes (various species of the genus Capparis such as the Iga) and Australian Sandalwood. In some years, the adults disperse towards the coast as far south as Tasmania despite their food source being largely confined to semi arid locations such as the Flinders Ranges. More information on the Caper White Butterfly here.Continue reading “Caper White Butterfly feeding on Cattlebush”