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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.