Thanks to Museum Victoria’s Discovery Centre we were able to identify the fuzzy ‘butterfly’ in the last post. We thought it was a beautiful butterfly but it turns out to be the day flying Grapevine Moth Phalaenoides glycinae.
Apparently it is a very serious pest for grape growers – and it gets worse. It was the reason for the introduction of the Common Myna Bird, a biological control gone wrong and a threat to our native bird life. Bad bug. Well, in fairness it didn’t decide to import grapes or Myna birds!
Anyway, today I started the serious business of decoding botanical plant names. I have put together a short list of the butterflies we’ve observed, along with those we might be able to attract (as they have been identified in our area). Now I’m identifying and reading up on their larval food plants. More on this next time!
In bloom today…
The blooms on Chicago Peace are usually more vivid than in this photo, but I think the intense heat of the last couple of days has ‘bleached’ it a little.