Iridomyrmex ants farming herds of aphids (and their white nymphs) in Spring in Beltana. The aphids feed on the sap, in this case of an Eremophila biserrata, and excrete sugary ‘honeydew’ which is farmed by agricultural ants in exchange for protection.
Chequered Swallowtail butterfly, Papilio demolius, sighted in Copley, Northern Flinders Ranges around the spring equinox.
More on the Chequered Swallowtail can be found at SA Butterflies and Moths.
Ant architecture on the salty shore of Halligan Bay, Lake Eyre North.
The Wanderer, or Monarch, Butterfly introduced to Copley in the Northern Flinders Ranges by a local lepidopterist landing on the stunning Sturt’s Desert Pea in June.