Friday, 11 March 2011

Lesser Wanderer a frequent wanderer

Lesser Wanderer Danaus chrysippus petilia butterflies are regular visitors at Japara, particularly during the warmer months, as are their larger more colourful relation, the Wanderer (Monarch in the Americas). The lesser Wanderers are one of the most widespread Australian butterflies found throughout the country and the islands of Torres Strait. The spread of introduced cotton bushes Asclepias sp has probably assisted as they tend to be the plant that the larvae are found on most often. So even though the plants are a weed we keep enough for the butterflies. This one was in the vicinity of the cotton bush A fruticosa  that grow on outhe property.


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