I spotted this Meadow Argus butterfly late this afternoon while out with the Nikon D3000 looking for a photo op.
The meadow argus (Junonia villida) is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae, commonly found in Australia. It is also known as Albin’s Hampstead eye in the United Kingdom, where it has occurred only as an accidental import.
As the butterfly rests, it can sit in four different positions depending on the current situation. These positions include:
- If the sun is shining, the butterfly will open and relax its wings
- If danger approaches while in the sunlight the butterfly will open its wings further revealing eyespots on its hindwings
- If the sun is not shining the butterfly will close its wings
- If danger approaches while there is no sunlight the butterfly will raise its frontwings revealing hidden eyespots
I hope you are having a good day. 🙂