Orb Weaving Spider Wrapping Butterfly


In December I photographed a butterfly in a strange position and subsequently discovered the Orb Weaving Spider in the process of wrapping it.  At the time I was trying to document the various species of grass and butterflies we have here, so I wasn’t looking for spiders.  At first I thought the butterfly may be mating, as … Continue reading Orb Weaving Spider Wrapping Butterfly

Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa Kershawi)


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, … Continue reading Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa Kershawi)

Common Brown Butterfly (Heteronympha merope) Male


I’m only beginning to look at butterflies from an identification perspective, so here is one to start me off – the Common Brown Butterfly. It seems the air is alive with butterflies at the moment – tumbling, paired butterflies – and each time I put my foot down when walking through grass, I seem to … Continue reading Common Brown Butterfly (Heteronympha merope) Male

Battered Butterfly


Yesterday I had my first opportunity to use my macro lens to photograph a butterfly. Consulting the field guide, I think it could be a Yellow Admiral (Vanessa itea). Despite its battered state, the butterfly was flying from one plum blossom to the next without trouble. I wanted to take more photographs but just as the … Continue reading Battered Butterfly

Spotted Jezebel (Delias aganippe)


The four days of intense heat have played havoc with the butterfly population.  We saw many around the perimeter of the house, seeking a cooler spot.  Some of them perished in the process. When I took the first of these two photographs, this Spotted Jezebel butterfly was alive.  Unfortunately, we found it dead the next day. … Continue reading Spotted Jezebel (Delias aganippe)

Marbled Xenica (Geitoneura Klugii)


For months now, it has puzzled me why so many butterflies hover low to the ground above bark and leaf litter, and in thick grassy areas with no flowers in sight.  I’ve always associated butterflies with flowers.  Thanks to a wonderful book given to me by my sister for Christmas, I can now answer that … Continue reading Marbled Xenica (Geitoneura Klugii)