Undara National Park
where we saw it all
Before we went down into the caves we’d climbed the long trail
To the top of the Kalkani Crater
We were walking along minding our business looking out over the area below
And there it was
I was lucky enought to see this beautiful brown spotted butterfly
sunning itself on some grass and definitely not bothered by the group of people walking by.
Goes by the name of:
Common Australian Crow Butterfly Common Crow Butterfly Oleander Butterfly
The Common Crow (Euploea core) is a glossy black butterfly with brown underside with white marks along the outer margins of the wing. The wingspan is about 8–9 cm and the body also has prominent white spots.
The Common Crow is distasteful due to chemicals extracted from the latex of the food plants consumed in their caterpillar stage.
There were plenty of them around
The adult butterflies only have four normal legs, as the first pair of legs is not fully developed
Don’t ask my why but I’m always surprised when I see the wild cousin of plants we have been used to and tend to think of as cultivated garden plants.
More often than not the ‘wild one’ is just as interesting as the cultivated one
like the Australian Native Pandorea.
Heres Julian talking to us about the smallish bush we came across
Pandorea is a genus of 6 species, of woody climbing vines and creepers in the family Bignoniaceae. Pandorea pandorana ranges in habit from a scrambling plant to a vigorous vine, growing on larger trees in forested habitats
We had a great walk round the top of what was an extinct volcano and look what we saw as we were driving out of the park
Is this my good side?
No I think this is!
Great day out and I wouldn’t mind going back some time
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4 Replies to “Butterflies Flowers Volcanoes and Kangaroos”
Beautiful country, though I can’t say I’m into butterfly chasing. The only butterfly I thought to be truly magnificent was found in Queensland and had blue wings. Stunning!
Australia certainly is a beautiful country…particularly in the bush. Love the photos!
Did you feel like the kangaroos were bidding you adieu and thanking you for coming?
I am terribly behind on reading about your trip. Crazy busy around here. Will be trying to catch up over this weekend. The flowers on the bush are beautiful and I’m going to have to show my granddaughter your photos of the kangaroo!
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