Friday photo – Yellow Admiral butterfly, August 2014

A butterfly sitting wings wide open on wood mulch. The wings are rusty coloured nead the centre and low down, fading to black, there is a large yellow-white spot and two smaller spots on each wing.

This yellow admiral butterfly was exploring my local natives zone yesterday. Their caterpillars feed on plants in the Urticaceae – first choice is native pellitory, but they will also feed on nettles and the butterflies will travel quite substantial distances to find good egg-laying spots. To my knowledge the only plant of that family I have is one carefully nurtured nettle in the vegie garden. I don’t know where that nettle came from – it suddenly appeared all alone in the middle of one of our running areas, so I moved it to some place less likely to incur human contact.

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