Along with the Common Brown butterflies, the Australian Painted Lady butterflies are plentiful at the moment. I’ve photographed this one on a 1.5 m high Xanthorrhoea (grass tree) flower spike. These flowers are a magnet for butterflies and honeyeaters.
According to the field guide I am using, ‘Butterflies: Identification and life history‘ by Ross P. Field, the Australian Painted Lady butterfly has adapted well to some of the introduced weed species and the larva eat Capeweed, Scotch Thistle and Common Cudweed along with native plants such as the Everlasting group of daisies, particularly the Golden Everlasting. Apparently these butterflies have short lives as Field indicates that several generations occur each year.