Other Common Names
Dingy Jewel (doesn't sound right to me!)
This really is one of the iconic Australian butterfly species, so naturally I'd been disappointed that I hadn't been able to find it. However there were a few of them hilltopping at Spring Mountain, mainly sitting around head height on some low shrubs.
When the sun catches the orange spots on the underside they really do glow very brightly - what a beautiful little thing this butterfly is!
Spring Mountain, QLD - November 2008, April 2011.
Ngarkat Conservation Park, SA - November 2017
Stirling Ranges, WA - November 2017
Bell, NSW - January 2019