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”
This construction of leaves, twigs and mud is approximately 12cm long, high up in an Acacia Victoriae on the Copley commons.
Architect unknown, but now inhabited by a spider.
Coupled insects raining down from Myrtle plants in early winter, Northern Flinders Ranges.Continue reading “Insect coupling”
Psyllids are sap sucking insects which excrete a sugary starch to form lerps – white shelter casings. Lerps are a sweet bush food that can be occasionally found around Eucalypts in the Flinders Ranges.Continue reading “Lerps on Eucalyptus”
This cluster of communal foliage spider nests can be seen in a Jointed Cherry (Exocarpus aphyllus) located at the car park at Aroona Dam in the Northern Flinders Ranges.Continue reading “Communal Spider Nests in Jointed Cherry”
This bug event is a bit of a mystery but the red ones do appear to be nymphs.