Yellow Admiral Butterfly

Yellow-admiral-butterfly-on-spring-blossom

Plentiful in Spring and Summer, the Yellow Admiral Butterflies also love feeding on the native Xanthorrhoea flower spikes.

Lately I have been looking back through my photographs.  Over the years my knowledge about species has grown, so I recognise some that are not included in my A – Z Native Species List.   The Yellow Admiral Butterfly is one of these.

The Yellow Admirals have been plentiful every year in Spring and Summer. We are fortunate to have a lot of butterflies on our property, although the number of species seem limited.  The conditions for the butterfly breeding cycle are probably favourable here, with a combination of grassland and bushland, along with spring blossom on the fruit trees. The tall flower spikes of the Xanthorrhoea plants are always covered with butterflies, including Yellow Admirals.

According to the Museum Victoria book Butterflies: Identification and Life History by Ross P Field,  the larvae of the Yellow Admiral Butterfly feed on Shade Nettle or Stinging Nettle.  I can’t say that I have noticed either plant on our place, but I haven’t been looking for them. If they are not growing on our land, adjacent properties have cleared land, so one or both species of nettle could be growing close by.

Now that it’s Autumn, butterflies of all species are declining in numbers, and mostly I see the Common Brown and Marbled Xenica at the moment.  Both of these are at the end of their season too.

  One thought on “Yellow Admiral Butterfly

  1. 17 March 2017 at 11:49 pm

    I think that’s the one we call the Australian Admiral in South Australia, I see them here but we have more Meadow Argus than anything else on our place.

    • 18 March 2017 at 8:51 pm

      Oops. That would be because I didn’t log in and approve it! However, yes, you are right. The Museum Victoria book lists alternative names for the Yellow Admiral butterfly, including the Australian Admiral. I don’t think we have the Meadow Argus here. If we do, I am unfamiliar with it. You’ve prompted me to look it up. 🙂 Lisa

  2. 18 March 2017 at 8:32 pm

    My comment has vanished so I’ll try again. 🙂 The butterfly looks like the one we call the Australian Admiral in South Australia. Around our place I think the Meadow Argus is the most common.

    • 18 March 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Just looked up Meadow Argus. No, we definitely don’t have any of those. It’s really unusual with all of the long hair. Lisa

      • 19 March 2017 at 11:57 pm

        I haven’t noticed any long hair, they flit about so much I’m glad when I can get a photo and then identify them. I was able to print some good sheets of “Butterflies of the Adelaide Region” from a website. Even so I find some hard to identify.

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