Sunday, May 24, 2009

Unknown Moth and Ulysses Butterfly

We really must buy some more reference books! There are so many different species of moths, butterflies and insects around at the moment and the books we have just don't have everything listed.

This beautiful moth measured about 4-5 cm across. At least they are quite easy to photograph, unlike most of the butterflies which just never stay still long enough. I've been experimenting with my camera (have always been a point-and-shoot photographer!) and ALMOST managed to get this Ulysses with it's wings open!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your Moth is a butterfly Junonia hedonia zelima the Chocolate Argus

hoplomorpha said...

Your Moth is a butterfly, Junonia hedonia zelima, the Choclate Argus.
Ted's book is a start with the moths. Try the CSIRO web site MOTHS ON LINE.
But you will not always find the answer.For the butterflies, you can not go passed, The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia by Michael Braby. Cost around $40-$50

hoplomorpha said...

Your moth is a butterfly, Junonia hedonia zelima, the Chocolate Argus "Yum". Ted's book is a good start to try and identify the moths for more images try the CSIRO web site Moths on Line. with over 10000 unnamed, and those that are, hard to find in the literature, there will be many you cannot name. For the butterflies you cannot go past, The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia by Michael Braby

Daphne said...

Thank you both very much for your help!