Admiral Butterfly takes advantage of some sunshine

Yellow or Admiral Butterfly

Admiral Butterfly on Thryptomene flowers

Yesterday while the sun was out so were a pair of Yellow or Admiral butterflies,
Vanessa itea.   It is a native butterfly and was taking nectar from thryptomene flowers. They are mainly seen from September to April so it is getting to the end of the season for them.

The caterpillars vary from black to grey, yellow-green or brown, with lighter coloured lines and spots running laterally along its back and are covered in several rows of spiny protrusions.

blue spot on back of Admiral butterfly wing

blue spot on back of Admiral butterfly wing

I am not aware of having noticed them but now that I know the caterpillars have adapted to eating stinging nettles as their preferred food, I will be keeping a lookout near our chook sheds where there are lots of nettles.

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