Michael Braby in Butterflies of Australia describes this erratic flight and feeding behaviour. This butterfly is using his proboscis or haustellum, a hollow straw-like tongue, to feed on nectar. The proposcis in normally kept rolled and extended for feeding.
Our Pollinator Link initiative, described in my Southside News article, aims to bring more butterflies to suburban backyards.
If you have citrus trees you may find the leaves being eaten by the caterpillars of Orchard Swallowtail Papilio aegeus butterflies.
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In Mt Gravatt Reserve the caterpillars of these spectacular butterflies feed on Crow’s Ash Flindersia australis.
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which builds this delicate chrysalis suspended from a branch
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emerging as this spectacular Orchard Swallowtail butterfly we found in the garden this week.