Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wildlife Wednesday - butterfly

This is an Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly and this website of Earthwatch helped me get the identification. The Australian Museum site calls him just an Orchard Butterfly.

He was in my backyard the other day and I'd been trying to photograph him as he flittered and fluttered about - with no luck (well, you could see a blur, maybe a blob).

Then I went out the back for something else and he was having a rest hanging on these leaves. Rushed inside for the camera, thinking I'd never get the shot, and voila! Really could not believe he waited for me!

Oh, the Museum website says the males are territorial and will chase away anything black and white - even magpies! Wow. Maybe all that flit and fluttering was him chasing away the magpies and peewees who live around my yard.

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