A winter butterfly

A couple of brilliant days of sunshine has prompted some butterfly activity. This Yellow Admiral Vanessa itea was snapped as it rested for a moment on a native raspberry in the front yard.

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Yellow Admiral on native raspberry, Newstead, 3rd August 2014.

Yellow Admirals lay their eggs on Stinging Nettle – this one looks a little ragged, suggesting its been out and about for a while this winter.

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Yellow Admiral close up.

The sunshine has triggered a hive of activity in the garden – Silveryes, White-naped Honeyeaters and New Hollands everywhere as usual.

New Holland Honeyeater sipping nectar from ironbark blossom.

New Holland Honeyeater sipping nectar from ironbark blossom.

2 responses to “A winter butterfly

  1. Hi Geoff,
    I have never heard them called yellow admirals, only Australian admirals!
    I saw two meadow argus today at my place in Yandoit, very weird for the middle of winter.
    Cheers Andy

    • Hi Andy – you are right. The commonly accepted name seems to be the Australian Admiral, although Yellow Admiral is also widely used … that the trouble with common names! Great to hear news of Meadow Argus – if you were able to get some pics that would make a nice story for Natural Newstead! Cheers, geoff

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