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A Tale of Two Butterflies and a Weed Identification

Looking over the 'Lots o'Lemons' growing in the ground and not producing lotsa Lemons ... wondering whether to prune it. Always a delight to find some native animals have found a home in one of my trees.

This time it's 2 Swallowtail butterflies - or the babies have found munching Lemon leaves quite to their taste.

One is the Dainty Swallowtail Papilio anactus:

And the other is the Fuscous Swallowtail Papilio fuscus: the three colour variations are possibly their different instars (larval stages) and perhaps some adaption to the location's light.

And the weed we were wondering about:

Joseph's photo.

It's Thickhead Crassocephalum crepidioides. It's in the daisy family. Seeds are wind dispersed. It's a host for the day-flying Magpie Moth Nyctemera amica.

Thank you to Helen Schwenke for the identifications. Helen is the co-author and publisher of an indespensible book Create More Butterflies and the publisher of Australian Stingless Bees.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 12, 2013 at 22:37

My lots'o'lemons has three buds on it!  What?  That's not exactly lots?  Oh... um.. yeah... 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 3, 2013 at 6:51

We've both got that southern Queensland weed book but I could not see that particular plant in it nor could I see it on the Weeds Australia site.

Comment by Lissa on May 3, 2013 at 5:34

Nice shots of your butterfly larvae Elaine :)

I've got a book coming on weed identification - should make identifying these things a little easier.

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