Yesterday, in the flowering mint by my back door: random miniature minty magic. (Nikon D3000)

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Thanks for looking. Which one did you like best?

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Bees & Bugs, Butterflies & Moths

Miniature Minty Magic

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The Small White butterfly on a flowering weed. (Nikon D3000)

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All the best to you and yours for the festive season.
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Butterflies & Moths

The Small White

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Also called the Correa Brown, this is the orange butterfly I mentioned a few posts ago – hard to find one settled enough for a photograph. I had given up chasing one about, when this one landed right by my feet, staying long enough to get a few shots. In this first one, I love how the light catches the wing edges during a rare spread.

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I can’t decide if I prefer Correa Brown over its other name – Orange Alpine Xenica.

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Thanks for looking.

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Butterflies & Moths

Oreixenica correae: Orange Alpine Xenica

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Several weeks back, you may recall that I was excited upon seeing a few big butterflies in my garden. I hoped for the unusual variety like we had at this time last year. Didn’t happen. There’s a few of the orange ones about, but I can’t get a decent go at those.

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Luckily, I can always rely on the Small White when I’m in butterfly mode. (Nikon D3000)

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Thanks for looking.

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Butterflies & Moths

The Small White

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In my garden this week. (Nikon D3000)

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Butterflies & Moths

Cabbage White Butterfly

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Butterflies & Moths

Moth: Red-lined Geometrid

I identified the moth. It is a Crypsiphona occultaria – one of the most common moths in Australia, according to Wikipedia. Also called a red-lined looper moth.

I found great photos on a buttefly house website and you can read about it and look at pictures of the thin green larvae here. The grubs eat eucalyptus leaves and are tapered on one end and forked the other!

The image below is from Wikipedia...

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undersides, showing red lines

(By Donald Hobern from Canberra, Australia – Crypsiphona ocultaria, CC BY 2.0, Link)

And this is my photo…

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my photo through the window pane

There is no doubt, at all. It is the same moth.

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on the dried mint blossom

 

Thanks for looking!   🙂

 

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