Today on Evolution Day we have some lovely butterflies from reader Jim Trice, who posts here under the name “ratabago.” The IDs and comments are his:
I thought I’d dig through my archives and send you some wildlife photos. These are taken in either the Mount Lofty Ranges or around Adelaide, South Australia.
The first couple of shots (first is a Blue feeding on succulent; second a Blue feeding on brown [JAC? Brown?]) were taken at the Adelaide Botanic Garden in March 2012. They are perhaps the most common butterfly in Australia, the Common Grass Blue, sometimes called the Clover Blue, Zizina labradus. These are a small butterfly that reputedly grows to around 22mm, but most of the ones I’ve seen are smaller than that. Their larvae eat a variety of native and introduced legumes. As they can live on pasture and crop plants from the Fabaceae family…
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