A couple of days ago this little skipper fluttered past me in my butterfly garden at high-speed. It caught my eye as it was quite different to the many orange-brown shaded skippers that visit. It was also a little bigger. I didn’t think I’d get a good look at it, but it was kind enough to pose on the garden tap for me for a few moments.
I’m not exactly sure which skipper it is, my best guest from having a look at my trusty ‘Field Guide to the Butterflies of Australia’ (M.F. Braby) is an Eastern Iris-Skipper Mesodina halyzia. I’ll have to see if I can confirm.
I also forgot to mention last time how wonderful the online resource that Bernie from My Dry Tropics Garden put me on to has turned out to be. It is Flora for Fauna if you missed her comment earlier. As the name suggests, it is not just about planting for butterflies.
For someone who is just starting to get their head around botanic names having something that can give you suggestions for the right larval plants at a click of a button is wonderful, so thanks again Bernie!
Having said that, I’m still going to persevere with teaching myself at least a few botanic names!