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BUTTERFLIES, BUTTERFLIES EVERYWHERE. WHAT EVER SHOULD A PERSON DO?????????

Well, this year has seen in my gardens the most butterflies we have ever seen, in abundance. BUT what comes after the Flutterbys, Caterpillars I hear you say. By the hundreds I can tell you, especially on the Citrus. And what comes after the Caterpillars, well of course More Beautiful Butterflies I hear you say.

Well I cannot bring myself to remove them, after all it is selective pruning that they are doing, just saving me the job???????

Is anyone else experiencing this????????

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 27, 2015 at 17:08

I am overjoyed, you have all made a silly woman happy today. My printer for some reason is not producing colour true so I won't print out at the moment, but wish I could. I am seeing different Butterflies and Moths everyday, there are just so many around this year, things must be on the improve everywhere.  Lets hope so. I sat and watched two in what looked like a mating dance for such a long time today, it was beautiful.

Comment by Lissa on February 27, 2015 at 16:30

Loving the butterfly identification chart Rob C.

Comment by Rob Walter on February 27, 2015 at 15:11

I grew up with a wall chart of butterflies that was really fantastic. It's helpful to see them all laid out in one page so you can pick them out. Apparently some of the information on that chart was incorrect, though, and Coffs Harbour Butterfly House has produced an amended one, which you have to ring up and order. I'm currently waiting for Ros from that shop to call me back so I can finalise my order.

Obviously a wall chart can't have all the information of that fantastic pdf, but I'm actually happy just to call a skipper a skipper without knowing the exact species.

And for completeness, my list should have included lemon migrant and grass yellow, not lemon yellow. And I just saw a chequered swallowtail, which takes the list to 17!

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 27, 2015 at 14:30

That pdf document of SEQ Butterflies is really something else. Seventy-six pages and if you have a colour printer, would be a ripper to own and for the cost of some ink and paper.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 27, 2015 at 14:29

And there is the wonderful Brisbane Insects site with so much detailed information on insects and arachnids. Well worth a visit.

Comment by Rob Collings on February 27, 2015 at 10:33
Butterflies of South East Queensland, an identification guide by Trevor Ford.
http://www.sunbittern.com/publications%20seq%20butterflies.pdf
Comment by Rob Collings on February 27, 2015 at 10:28
Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 27, 2015 at 8:00

Brilliant Elaine, Thanks so much, I will look into them.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 27, 2015 at 7:57

Create More Butterflies is locally-produced, written, photographed and published by Helen Schwencke and Frank Jordan. It can be bought direct from Earthling Enterprises and other book stores.

There is a much older but very detailed tome called Butterflies of Australia by Common and Waterhouse which was the standard reference work but has been superseded these days.

A more modern book, well illustrated is The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia by Michael Braby.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 27, 2015 at 5:42

Does anyone know of a book or very good site where I can see Butterflies of our region? I don't know the names of them and want to learn as much as I can about them seeing as I have so many different ones in the garden.

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