Butterfly sites

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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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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Brooklyn NSW : a site for Small Green-banded Blue

The Small Green-Banded Blue (Psychonotis caelius) is a small but very attractive Lycaenid butterfly. It is found on the East coast of Australia from the tip of Cape York as far South as Wollongong in NSW.  Although it’s not widespread in the Sydney area, there are colonies in places where its main foodplant Alphitonia excelsa …

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