Month: May 2019

Chequered Sedge-skipper (Hesperilla mastersi)

The Chequered Sedge-skipper (Hesperilla mastersi) is one of around 125 Australian species belonging to the family Hesperiidae (Skippers and Darts).  Most Skippers are small, brown and often difficult to distinguish, making them the butterfly equivalent of the birdwatchers’ “Little Brown Jobs”. Many members of the public completely overlook them, or mistake them for moths, and …

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Photo Gallery update : May 2019

I have updated Photo Gallery with the photos from my 3 most recent butterflying trips, namely : Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney on 07/05/2019 Glenbrook and Emu Plains on 17/05/2019 Mount Annan Botanic Garden on 21/05/2019 The following species pages have had photos and/or video added : Graphium macleayanum (Macleay’s Swallowtail) – video Elodina angulipennis (Southern Pearl-white) – …

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Mount Annan Botanic Gardens

Located just past Campbelltown in Sydney’s outer south-west, the Mount Annan Botanic Garden is well worth a visit, particularly during the autumn when some of its more interesting butterfly species are on the wing, though I have even had some success there during the winter months. All the photos on this post were taken in …

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May 2019 : Butterflying at Glenbrook and Emu Plains

Winter is coming! The weather around Sydney has been beautiful recently with lots of lovely sunny days, though it’s getting quite chilly at night with winter being just around the corner. Thankfully the Night King has recently been defeated and destroyed, so hopefully it won’t be a long winter. On 17th May 2019 I decided …

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The Golden Ant-blue (Acrodipsas aurata)

There’s just something irresistible about Ant-blues in general, and the Golden Ant-blue (Acrodipsas aurata) in particular. They are small butterflies and even I could hardly describe them as spectacular, yet every time I see one I find myself snapping away with my camera. I’m by no means the only butterflyer to have fallen under their …

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Butterfly collecting : my opinion

Butterfly collecting is a very divisive subject amongst those of us who have a passion for these fascinating insects. At times, I’ve been saddened by the level of animosity that exists between some of the people who stick to observing and/or photographing butterflies, and those who catch specimens and preserve them in collections. I see …

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Pearl Whites in the Royal Botanic Gardens

The Southern Pearl-white (Elodina angulipennis) is the only member of its genus which can be found reliably in Sydney, owing to the fact that it breeds in the Royal Botanic Gardens on Sydney Harbour. Its close relatives E. padusa (Narrow-winged Pearl-white) and E. parthia (Striated Pearl-white) do turn up around Sydney but don’t appear to …

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What the hell is this?

Ross McLaren recently sent me these photos of a skipper he caught in Far North Queensland, the identity of which is something of a mystery to both Ross and myself : Mystery Hesperilla upperside Mystery Hesperilla underside Given the location, the only thing that fits is Hesperilla ornata monotherma, the northern subspecies of the Spotted …

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