Butterflies & moths

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Woko
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Butterflies & moths

Saw a number of butterfly & moth species on my morning walk down the block this morning. Apart from the pair of wanderers there were a wood white (quite rare in my area, I believe), a common brown, a heliotrope moth & a grapevine moth. Wood whites have a variety of host plants including mistletoes which are now proliferating here (s.e. slopes of Mt Lofty Ranges, SA). All good tucker for native birds.

Araminta
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Thanks for reminding me to pay more attention to them. I saw a few yesterday, have to take the camera out to take some photos. Not today, it rains againcrying

M-L

Woko
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Mistletoes as host plants for wood whites shows what interesting relationships there are between various aspects of the environment. Mistletoe birds facilitate the spread of mistletoes which then provide berries for the mistletoe birds, nectar for honeyeaters & nesting sites for smaller birds such as yellow-rumped thornbills. Wood white eggs & larvae then provide food for other birds. Marvellous, ain't it?

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