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    Post by Joy on Mon 26 Apr 2010, 2:57 pm

    This seems to be a fairly common butterfly around our patios & have only just today, definitely ID it. It is a skipper or darter butterfly & think its caterpillars may be the cause of some of our plants' chewed leaves. Particularly our poor kentia palm. Its leaves were chewed really badly for a while, not long after we moved into this unit but after some birds started patrolling it the chewed leaves have lessened, though today we did find a couple of caterpillars inside a couple of joined leaves. Oh well....

    Did originally think it was a skipper but there were some dissimilarities to the specimens shown on some sites but was able to ID it from a Brisbane butterfly website. We seem to have more in common, butterfly-wise, with Brisbane, QLD than Northern NSW. Tend to be able to ID unknown butterflies we see here from the Brisbane sites & not from NSW ones. :roll:

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    Post by Joy on Mon 26 Apr 2010, 2:58 pm

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    Post by Joy on Mon 26 Apr 2010, 3:00 pm

    You can see the little hooks at the tips of its antenna, that is a trait of the skippers.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 26 Apr 2010, 3:02 pm

    Have never seen this little butterfly with its wings open, so don't know what it looks like when it is flying.

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    Post by Dawn on Fri 07 May 2010, 8:58 pm

    He is a handsome little fellow, looks almost furry too.
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    Post by Joy on Fri 07 May 2010, 9:33 pm

    It is rather handsome isn't it??? It is quite small as you can see from the last pic where it was on a Brazilian Walking iris flower stem.

    Its thorax seems to be furry. Maybe it gets cold easily. :whistle:

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