Butterfly: Ocybadistes walkeri sothis

The Yellow-banded Dart  is a skipper butterfly, named for their darting nature. Last year, when I first noticed one, I thought it was a grasshopper whipping by. 

 

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Looks like baby darts to the left.

 

Other names: Greenish Grass-dart, Green Grass-dart, Southern Dart.   The Ocybadistes walkeri sothis is the only sub-species found in Victoria. Also found in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania.

 

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this one is a female, the male has a little more colour under the wings

 

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about to open her wings

 

I was gobsmacked when I saw that this butterfly has FOUR wings!

 

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on mint flowers

 

I’m dishing these up for Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge. The first Monday in the month is Nature. Nearly all my photos are that theme already. Taken with the Nokia Lumia 520 Windows phone, cropped and reduced.

I hope you are having a great weekend.  Thanks for dropping by.   🙂

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. This guy is definitely posing and hamming it up in the last photo. Magnificent closeup. I love these. ❤

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thank you Tess. It was pretty hard to catch one staying still long enough.

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  2. Well done, these are marvelous depictions of a sweet butterfly. The mint flowers make for a perfect platform for your captures. The macro gives us the joy of its various hues and designs. Happy Photo Challenge.

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  3. skybright1 says:

    Amazing pics Christine!

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