December 7th, 2017

LEPIDOPTERA - Cruiser Moth/Butterfly

Today we had an abundance of orange cruiser moths at the photographic sight. These are quite abundant in northern Australia and PNG. Their appearance coincides well with the blooming of the native passionfruit plants in the region; as they often lay their eggs on the food plant. The adults however usually feed off the many wildflowers in the region. The males and females can be distinguished by the number of eyespots on the wings, and they are quite territorial once breeding has begun. Most could be seen today fending off one another in the eucalypt forest above the rivers tropic level.

Camouflage ability on the forest floor

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Predator; Common FlyCatcher

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The Passionfruit Vine

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