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Early spring butterflies

Postby lenachow » Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:43 pm

Kept my eyes peeled for butterflies all week on a recent trip to Perth. Turns out that not many species get going until it warms up in mid-Oct.

After a few days, was delighted to see a dozen Cabbage Whites (Pieris rapae) by the roadside :

and a Meadow Argus (Junonia villida) up in the hills, mostly seen in Oct-Dec, Apr-May. The name comes from Argus, a herdsman in Greek mythology with eyes all over his body. This refers to the eyespots on the butterflies' wings.
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Re: Early spring butterflies

Postby amytsang » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:17 pm

Good you got the Cabbage White, Lena! It is difficult to photograph this butterfly as it never seems to stop flying....
Your Junonia reminds me a lot of the Junonia lemons (Lemon Pansy) which I encountered in Sri Lanka in 2010. They are like twins! See attached pix. The 'eyes' of the wings are always so attractive!
Nymphalidae - Lemon Pansy, Sri Lanka.jpg
Junonia Lemonias
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